East Texans still have an opportunity to get involved with the People Helping People program.
People Helping People, now in its second year, is a Jacksonville-based community program designed to help others in need.
As of Monday morning, nearly 50 businesses, churches and organizations had agreed to be part of this year’s program, which began in October and runs through Monday, according to Super Gallo Mercado store manager Tony Wilburn.
Wilburn said program participants receive grocery cards that can be used at Super Gallo Mercado on South Jackson Street in Jacksonville.
People then present the card to a cashier, and 10 percent of the purchase is set aside to provide food items for those in need, he said. The cards cannot be used with purchases of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or WIC (Women, Infant and Children) items.
Wilburn said participants choose families in need.
Last year, about 400 baskets were distributed through the program, Wilburn said.
“We’re hoping to bring the community closer together ... to help (the) less fortunate this time of the year,” he said. “We’re all in this boat together from the top of the ladder to the bottom. We are all equal in God’s eyes. To help our fellow man, woman or child in life is what helps us to be a better person, pay it forward and not expect anything in return.”
Betty Smith, with Joe Smith Farms and Branded by Christ Cowboy Church, echoed Wilburn, saying that the program is a good way to help another person.
“You know the people that really need it (the assistance) get it,” she said.
“I think it’s an awesome program, and the way they set it up to distribute it is just really neat in itself,” she added.
Food items will be given out Dec. 21.
For more information, call Super Gallo at 903-589-7654.