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Turlock Together seeks community support
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The blue barrels will be out around Turlock collecting toys and food for Turlock Together's annual program. - photo by Journal file photo

Turlock Together, in partnership with the Salvation Army, is hosting their annual Christmas Food Boxes program to help local families at the holidays.

The program is running now till Dec. 12. Individuals who would like to sign up are welcome to come to 893 Lander Ave between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The drive got started 24 years ago and helps deliver meals and toys to families in need during the holiday season.

“The Christmas season can be particularly difficult for some families. Your help can help alleviate having a good meal and toys for their kids,” said Captain Jeff Breazeale.

Turlock Together is a voluntary cooperation of ministries, businesses, non-profits, schools, service clubs and community members working together to collect and distribute food and toys to families in need during the Christmas season. The voluntary cooperation is known for its iconic blue barrels that can be seen around town as part of an annual fundraising effort, which collects unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for families in need.

For those who wish to sign up, it will be required for them to bring a form of identification, proof of residency and birth certificate or medical card with birthday of children under 10.

“All of those who are signed up will a have a specific time to come to Turlock Fruit Company. They’ll come in, we’ll have them register and we’ll get them what they need. They don’t even have to get out of their vehicle,” said Breazeale.

For those who will to volunteer their time, Turlock Together is going to be having the distribution day on Dec. 18 where families will be picking up their boxes.

“We’re always looking for volunteers on distribution day and we’re looking for businesses who are willing to hang our angel tree tags. People could come to their locations and attach tags on purchased toys and we could also provide barrels for food donations,” said Breazeale.

Turlock Together is still accepting sign-ups. Call (209) 667-6091 to set up appointment.