El Paso Charity Gets Big Donation


POSTED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 12:48pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 6:54pm

EL PASO – An organization that helps foster kids transition out of foster care got some much needed help Thursday in Central El Paso.

"I'm just overwhelmed the community has responded this way! It's just amazing," said Angelica Terrazas, with The Pride Center.

The organization received hundreds of cans of food that will go straight to those who need it most. The Pride Center only has a food budget of $55 a month, for 150 foster kids.

"This really helps us out, and it helps them out because a lot of times they're struggling to make ends meet. They're struggling to get an apartment so they need assistance, even through groceries," Terrazas said.

Over a 6 week period, the U.S. Marshals Service and dozens of other local agencies collected about 1,200 cans of food and $1,000 in donations.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Almonte II organized the food drive with friends and started collecting donations.

"Several friends and I were just sitting around and wanted to give something back to the community. We didn't feel like we were doing enough,” he said.

Almonte II also got his father, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, Robert Almonte, and his agency involved.

"We're really happy we could help an organization that truly needs the help and we look forward to doing this again next year," Almonte said.

If you would like to donate to The Pride Center, call 915-533-4200.

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