ACC event helps feed hungry families

In Lifestyle by Reporter News

Six-year-old Felicity Moore-Tims sat on Santa’s lap to take a photo and discuss what she wanted for Christmas. She visited with St. Nick after eating her breakfast at the Breakfast with Santa event on December 6 at Alvin Community College.

“He was very nice,” Felicity said. “I loved the pancakes too. And the milk.”

More than 200 area families in need were treated to a pancake breakfast and donated food items. The event has been held for the past 25 years in conjunction with the ACC Can Feed the Hungry/Alvin ISD Shellie Garza Memorial Food Drive.

The college hosted two locations for the first time this year-at the ACC campus in Alvin and New Hope Church on 288. Almost 2,000 people, including volunteers, received breakfast.

“I believe we had a successful event,” said Coach Gary Coffman, ACC instructor who heads the food drive efforts. “We fed more people than we ever have before.”

All 22 AISD campuses participated in the food drive. Several tons of nonperishable food were donated to the food drive from the Alvin ISD schools and ACC. A record amount of 14 tons was distributed to families.

There were dozens of volunteers including ACC students, ACC Grounds crew along with Alvin ISD students, teachers and more. The ACC Culinary Arts students and Alvin ISD employees cooked the pancake breakfast. Volunteers also opened a petting zoo.

Other organizations that helped make the event a success included Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club, Alvin Church of Christ, Westside Church of Christ and many more.

“That really helps,” Coffman said. “The support we received this year was just incredible.”

Felicity’s mother Stephanie Moore said her family enjoyed Breakfast with Santa and spending time with the volunteers.

“I think it’s good for the community,” she said. “It has really brought a lot of people together.”

As her daughter Haley petted the ponies, Judy Branham said the food drive and Breakfast with Santa served an important role by feeding local families in need.

“It’s really helpful and a lot of people really need it,” she said.

In addition, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots provided each child a wrapped toy to take home. Nearly 1,400 children will have a gift to unwrap this Christmas because of this event.

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