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Good Samaritan Community Services Distributes Christmas Baskets to Families in Need

SAN ANTONIO, December 20

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) on San Antonio’s near west side. More than 470 bags brimming with canned vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and frozen chickens were distributed to families in need Friday, December 17.

“The holidays can be a difficult time for a family trying to make ends meet so giving the gift of a beautiful Christmas dinner they can share with their family is a blessing,” GSCS Chief Executive Officer, Jill Oettinger, said.

For more than ten years, Good Samaritan Community Services has, through the help of volunteers and philanthropists, provided Christmas baskets to needy families. Churches, schools, and other community volunteers collected items to make the perfect holiday meal along with something that makes the holidays special like ornaments, cards, and gingerbread houses. GSCS staff and volunteers collected, organized, and distributed the bags to selected families in the community. Over 400 families came to GSCS seeking assistance this holiday season and with 420 families registered to receive Christmas baskets, it is sure to be a memorable day for everyone involved.

About Good Samaritan Community Services:

Since its founding in 1951, GSCS has actively served as a place of change, reaching out to support individuals and families in overcoming the impact of poverty. Our mission, changing lives through excellent community services, is carried out through the delivery of programs and services designed to foster education, character development, healthy living and self-sufficiency.

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