Annual toy and food drive turns into a high school reunion

The Old Landmark Committee had a great turnout during their annual holiday toy and food drive.

VICTORIA, Texas, –  The Old Landmark Committee will annually host a toy and food drive every year.

According the National Geographic, in 2019 35.2 million people experienced food insecurity. In 2020, this statistic is projected to go up by 16 percent, meaning this year  50.4 million people might have trouble putting food on the table.

A volunteer from El Paso, David Nevarez, said he appreciates the way he was raised in Victoria.

“This is more like a food insecurity. This to me is just a reflection of our upbringing here and our educators in the system. A lot of us here are from Stroman high, we’re all alumni, we’re all alumni from Stroman high school and this is just how we were raised down here in the 80’s, you know,” Nevarez said.

Luckily, the event still had a great turn out this year for volunteers, despite encountering covid-19 as a factor.

Many people were calling Ms. Avery and her son, Sanders Wilkerson, asking how they could help out during the event. Everyone was on location since 10:00 in the morning.

Wilkerson explained more how the volunteer event turned more into a high school reunion. “The turn out this year has been phenomenal, we have my friend from Wildwood, Missouri. We have people from El Paso, we have people from Stafford Texas, Austin Texas, San Antonio Texas. It’s just been a great turn out, we had a lot of friends, people that we knew and loved, we went to high school with and they just jumped in. They said, hey man ‘how can I help? What can we do?’ You can hear in the background, everybody’s laughing. Let me tell you something, you can’t outlive God, and he is just blessing us all. Everybody’s just having too much fun,” he said.

For the last 4 years, they have been giving out pulled pork barbeque plates. The event still helped out the entire community, but ended up becoming more like a high school reunion.

It was a great holiday experience for everyone involved.

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