Local charity delivers goodwill at Christmas

By Tony E. Windsor

Like so many years before, volunteers worked in the crisp December morning air to carry boxes and bags of food, loading the cars and trucks that waited outside the door.
This was the activity surrounding the 76th annual Seaford-Blades Associated Charities (SBAC) holiday food drive. Members of the Lion's Club of Seaford volunteered along with local young people to ensure that local disadvantaged families received much needed food products for a happy and healthy holiday season.
At the helm of the operation is Virginia Ginny Short, who like her mother before her, has made this charity her heart's passion. Now, after 56 years, Short shows no signs of slowing down. She moves about the warehouse space filled with boxes, bags, and shelves of bread and canned goods; pen and paper in hand, coordinating the packing and loading of each of the family care packages. Short said SBAC works closely with Love, Inc., of Delaware, an independent non-profit organization, owned and supported by local churches. The organization gets information from the Seaford School District, service centers and other sources and referred them to SBAC to be a part of the annual holiday effort.

It is no accident that the volunteers packaging, loading and delivering the charity items are members of the Lion's Club. The Lion's Club was instrumental in organizing the SBAC's charity effort in 1939. The first official Christmas delivery effort took place one year later in 1940 when the organization had collected $100. Short said the money was used largely to purchase shoes that were then delivered to families.
Short said she also works with the Salvation Army's Toys for Tots project and families not only receive food, but also Christmas toys for their children. In addition, longtime SBAC supporter Dr. Michael Triglia and his staff at Peninsula Chiropractic Center held a toy drive at their Seaford office this year. For 28 years, Triglia and his staff have collected new boys' and girls' toys that are given to SBAC for the annual holiday delivery.
This year the charity will make deliveries to 90 area families. This has been going on for 76 consecutive years. The project has not missed a single year in all that time, she said.
For more information about how to support Seaford-Blades Associated Charities, call Love, Inc., at 629-7050.

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