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December 17, 2008 > Food and toy giveaways

Food and toy giveaways

By Dustin Findley

The Milpitas Food Pantry and Firefighters will be giving away food and toys on Saturday, December 20, to people who pre-register.

People who want to receive food must pre-register at the Milpitas Food Pantry before 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, according to the Food Pantry website. There will be no sign-ups during the giveaways. The Milpitas Food Pantry will not be open for normal distribution on Saturday, December 20.

To sign up at the Milpitas Food Pantry, 196 South Main Street, Milpitas, bring identification for every member of their family, and provide a piece of mail showing that you live in the service area (Milpitas or Alviso, zip codes 95035 and 95002). All food recipients must have tickets issued by the Milpitas Food Pantry. For toys only sign up directly at the fire department.

The Food Pantry will be giving a Christmas Box, which will contain a "fair amount of food" said Susan Lang, Milpitas Food Pantry Director. She also said that there should be turkeys for everyone who wants one, along with produce. "People say they are in need, and we believe them" said Lang.

The Firemen will be set up next door at the church. So go to the Food Pantry, get your food, and the pantry will stamp your ticket, then head next door for toys.

Call the main fire station at (408) 586-2800 to sign up. Registrations are open until Friday, December 19, according to George Perez, Toy Drive coordinator and firefighter.

To qualify for the toy drive you must be a Milpitas or Alviso resident. You must show proof of assistance, "as in welfare, food stamps, WIC, somewhere along those lines" said Perez. Parents must also "provide documentation that the children are in fact theirs."

Toys will be laid out and separated by age group and boy and girl. The parents get to go through and pick out a new, unwrapped toy for the kids.

For more information, call the Milpitas Fire Department at (408) 586-2800, or the Milpitas Food Pantry at (408) 946-5564. Should you know of a family seeking assistance this holiday season, please call the above numbers for information on receiving donated items.

Food & Toy Giveaways
Saturday, December 20
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Milpitas Food Pantry
196 S. Main St.
(408) 946-5564

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