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Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Christmas Day dinner seeking food, helpers

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 19, 2000 - Volunteers and food donations are still needed for the Pecos Christian Home's Annual Christmas Dinner, which will be held Christmas Day at the Reeves County Civic Center.

"We need all the help we can get," said Christian Home Director Bruce Dury. He said they need a few odds and ends to feed the families next Monday, as well as people to help deliver meals to those who can't make it over to the Civic Center.

"We still need turkeys, four or five gallons green beans and sweet potatoes," said Dury. Desserts are also on the list of the things still needed to make the dinner complete.

Dinner will be served at the Civic Center from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m. and all those that don't have a family to spend the holidays with or a place to eat Christmas dinner are invited.

"We fed 470 during the Thanksgiving meal, which is a record high," said Dury, who added they are expecting around 500 people on Monday. "Given the fact that we usually have more during Christmas, we feel there will be more people than there was during Thanksgiving," he said.

Out of the 500 or so meals they're expecting to serve, about 140 of those will be from the Meals on Wheels Program.

"Like usual we will be providing the meals for the Meals on Wheels Program," said Dury, and delivery people will be needs to carry those meals to homes around town from the Civic Center.

Along with volunteer delievery people, Dury said they are still looking for someone who would like to play Santa Claus during the special occasion.

"I didn't find a Santa suit this year, but if anyone wants to play Santa and they have the suit, we'd really appreciate it, because there will be a lot of kids here," he said.

Dury said that the main goal is to provide a happy and fun time for those who attend. "We just want to bring some joy into their lives and we appreciate all the help from the community," he said.

The community always comes through for him, Dury added, and he's hoping it will happen again. "Christmas is a magical time and I hope we can provide some happiness for those who join us," he said.

To volunteer or to donate items call the Christian Home at 445-2049. "We appreciate everything that is done to help us," said Dury. "Without the community's help this wouldn't be possible."

`Christmas for Kids' begins delivery of presents tonight

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 19, 2000 - Santa has a lot of elves all over the world including many here in Pecos.

Sofia Baeza, "Christmas for Kids" organizer, and her staff of Santa's elves have been very busy this year collecting donations for the charity that gives the essentials to less fortunate families and children.

Baeza said that after all the applications were accepted she and her elves needed presents for 511 children in 173 families.

Baeza and all Santa's elves plan to start delivering all the presents today at 5:30 p.m. and continue tomorrow if they are not able to deliver all of them.

This year's numbers are slightly lower this year than last. Last year, Christmas for Kids helped out 521 children, with 181 families benefiting from the special project.

"We are trying to please everyone," Baeza said, adding that she has noticed that a lot of new names of families on the list.

The project benefits families in Pecos as well as surrounding communities including Barstow, Balmorhea and Saragosa.

This is the fifth year that Pecos has had "Christmas for Kids," according to Baeza, and she said while this year's numbers are down, the trend has been upwards overall and they might have to turn people away in upcoming years.

"We did not turn anybody down," she said. "We may have to in the future."

Baeza said thanks to the donations and participation from local businesses and community members they are fortunate to not have had to turn families away so far.

"It's the community that comes through," she said. "Everybody wants them (the families and kids) to have a Merry Christmas."

Baeza said that although anybody may make donations all year round, most of the fundraising begins in October and November.

This year's goal of raising $6,000 was almost met, Baeza said overall they have raised $5,900.

Baeza said they were able to save about $400-500 on wrapping paper, boxes and tape because a company out of San Antonio donated red plastic bags to wrap the gifts in.

"It saved us about 200 hours of wrapping time," she said.

Baeza said that if the families were not at home when all the elves stop by they would come back. She also said the families might call the Reeves County Sheriff's Department if they were not home when the elves came by.

Youth basketball league sign-ups still underway

PECOS, December 19, 2000 - Sign-ups are continuing through Dec. 29 for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department's winter Pee Wee Basketball pre-season fundamentals program, while registration for just the youth basketball league runs through Jan. 5, 2001.

The program is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12. A birth certificate and signature from both parents is needed at the time of registration, along with the $10 entry fee per player.

Registrations will be taken at RCCRD office in the old Pecos High School gym weekdays between 5 and 10 p.m. For further information, call 447-9776.


PECOS, December 19, 2000 - High Monday 56. Low this morning 19. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 20s. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High in the mid 60s. West wind 15 to 25 mph: Becoming north during the afternoon. Wednesday night: Increasing clouds and colder. Low in the lower 20s. Thursday: Mostly cloudy and colder. Highs near 40.

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