Mobile, AL Nov. 19, 2012. A special group of Gulf Coast residents and their children will visit Tri-Coastal Community Outreach in Grand Bay this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. to assist Center volunteers in the preparation of over 100 boxes that will be distributed Tuesday, November 20, to pre-selected families in the Gulf Coast area. For more than three years, this group has provided turkeys, hams and other dinner supplies to Tri-Coastal’
“We want to be able to help make their holiday season a joyous one, especially those families who have children or are without family. It is great when we can provide them with a special holiday meal,” said Carolyn Thompson, executive director. “We appreciate the efforts of our donors and their families for their continued support for our programs.”
Alabama and Auburn Gift Baskets Raffle Ends Dec. 15
If you are an Alabama or Auburn fan, then you need to purchase your raffle ticket before December 15. Two lucky winners will win the ultimate in gift baskets valued at $300 and loaded with collegiate items from the University of Alabama and Auburn University. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at Tri-Coastal Community Outreach.
Each basket contains such items as a hand-painted tail gating tub, hand-made terry cloth pillow, tag cover, paper plates and drinking cups, HD vision glasses, stuffed school mascot, Armor All vehicle cleaning products, and a vehicle waterless cleaning system – just right for any fan. Unique to the Alabama gift basket is an Alabama tee-shirt signed by running back Trent Richardson.
Children of all ages do their own shopping Dec. 22
Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc. of Grand Bay, AL, is preparing for their annual “On Wings of Dove” children’s Christmas gift distribution on Saturday, December 22, from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Oak Park Ministries, 3321 Sollie Rd, in Mobile. It is a time that makes the Christmas holiday a true time of giving and sharing when over 600 children from the Gulf Coast region, including Mobile and Baldwin Counties, as well as Jackson, Hancock and Harrison Counties, MS, spend time with Santa’s elves as each child shops for his or her Christmas presents.
Applications can be picked up at Tri-Coastal at 10520 Highway 188, Grand Bay, Alabama 36541 or downloaded online at www.tricoastalcommunity.org and faxed to the Center at (251) 865-9732 by Nov. 28.
“Each year, the number of children in need increases. Toys and educational items are always needed for our Christmas program. We are asking Gulf Coast community businesses and churches to donate new toys, clothing and food,” said Thompson. “If we can offer a little bit of hope for the kids, then we have given some hope to the family.”
This year, the Center is in need of new unwrapped toys for children of all ages (especially electronics for teenagers), bicycles, dolls, cars and trucks, sports balls of all types, board games, electronic games, puzzles, books, coats, shoes, hats and gloves, cosmetics, purses, and stuffed animals.
The program is unique in that each child, even toddlers, are given ten ‘tickets’ to do their own shopping and come into the “secret shopping’ area without their parents. Parents with toddlers give information to the ‘elf’ about what the young child may need and sizes.
“We are in need of Santa’s elves (volunteers)
Donations may be dropped off at Tri-Coastal, 10520 Highway 188 in Grand Bay or at Gifts & Thrift on 12851 Highway 90 South, Ste. 3. Groups may make arrangements with the Center, if they are making a large donation. Donations will be accepted through December 20.
Holiday Shopping Specials at Gifts & Thrift
Gifts & Thrift is offering a special holiday bonus for shoppers. Every shopper who brings a minimum of three canned items will receive 50% off of their total purchase. The canned items will be used for this year’s Christmas food distribution to pre-selected Gulf Coast families. The store also has a “Pink Tag Clearance” with many items on sales for $1 each until December 21.
Community Impact Reaches Gulf Coast Communities
Tri-Coast Community Outreach programs impact thousands of families on the Gulf Coast. In 2010, the impact results include:
- 19,344 individuals were served with food and household goods
- $806,091 in non-cash donated goods were received and distributed.
- 554 children received presents, including 200 coupons for new shoes from PayLess through On Wings of Dove Christmas Assistance Program
- 227 families received food boxes that included turkeys and whole hens for Thanksgiving
- 800 families received food boxes through a partnership with Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Feed The Children and the Community Foundation of South Alabama. This distribution reached a total of 2129 individuals, of which 1,657 were children, 227 were seniors, 103 were disabled, 561 had been effected by the BP oil spill, 463 were unemployed, 132 were homeless/living with a relative or friend.
- Conducted over 100 classes and workshops empowering over 150 citizens to take care of themselves and become self-sufficient
For more information about Tri-Coastal programs, volunteering or to make donations, call (251) 865-9731, or contact Carolyn Thompson at (228) 623-0017.
About Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc.
Celebrating their sixth anniversary in September, Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc. continues to provide multi-cultural, holistic, supportive and diversified social services to needy and underprivileged individuals and families along the Gulf Coast communities of Alabama and Mississippi. Since its inception, the organization has served over 50,000 individuals through their core programs including weekly food, personal hygiene and clothing distribution, health literacy education, It's All About You" teaching educational self-sufficiency, Project School Box, Successful Start, and On Wings of Doves Christmas toy and gift distribution, and Gifts & Thrift.
For more information, visit www.tricoastalcommunity.org