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'Tis the season to be jolly, but Aldine and Greenspoint residents are still in recovery, rather than Holiday shopping, mode. Countless people lost their homes during the devastating April floods, and since the majority of students in the area are eligible for free or reduced lunch, many families will struggle to provide three meals a day during winter break.

Cue the YMCA of Greater Houston, who will host the largest food and toy giveaway in the Bayou City this Thursday at Tom Wussow Park. The organization will be giving away nearly 10,000 pounds of produce and 600 toys to affected families. The food will be distributed in the fashion of a farmer's market, while children ages 4–12 can select a toy in the park's recreation room.

With more than 1,000 families expected to attend, it's not too late to contribute. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA (10960 North Fwy) until noon tomorrow.

"So many people lost their belongings, making it more financially difficult for them to provide food for their families and toys for their children at Christmas," says Heather Saucier, spokesperson for the YMCA of Greater Houston. "Christmas is a time for giving, and for these families, Christmas is coming a little early. We look forward to seeing the smiles on their faces as they fill their bags with fruits, vegetables and toys." 

Thursday, Dec 15 from 4–6 pm. Tom Wussow Park, 500 Green Dr. ymcahouston.org

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