November 2018   
A Message from Monty

Happy November!

             The month of Thanksgiving reminds us of the  need to be grateful for the blessings in our lives. And personally, I have so much for which to be thankful. I am thankful for the incredible generosity of our community. This time of year can be very difficult for our neighbors who are in need, but our community rises to the occasion time and time again to help meet those needs. Our Game Night event on November 10 demonstrated that generosity as we raised (read more)

Our hearts are full of gratitude for everyone who attended our Game Night event on November 10th! It was a huge success ( read more)
- Food Pantry News -

Holiday Food Distribution

Thanks to the support from our caring community members, including: students, teachers and parents, PTA groups, civic groups, businesses, and neighborhoods for coordinating food drives to collect Holiday food items (read more)
Collin College Students Enhance 
the Way We Care

This fall, students in the Bakery Operations Management Class at Collin College worked with ACO in a creative - and very generous - service learning project. They began by visiting our offices for a discussion about client services and continued with a tour of the food pantry, making note of what we had on our shelves and what we planned to collect for holiday food bags. Next, they assisted with our monthly food distribution in Branch (9 miles east of Allen), helping clients and learning about their needs. They then worked together to develop and test recipes using foods people might receive through ACO and made a cookbook of over 75 recipes to be given to clients this Thanksgiving. They even held a bake sale at Collin to raise the funds to print the book.
We are so grateful for the work of these students and their professors who not only support the work of ACO but greatly enhance the way we care. Some of the students volunteered in the holiday food distribution this Monday as well. 
Front row: Renee Fox, Judith Pruzzo, Maleena Navarro, Hilda Medrano, Audrey Cook
Back row: Daniel Rosales, Chef Jill McCord, Sharon Bonner, Chalita Khayya, Golda Sumpon, Wallapha Phuttarnsri and Elisa Maclean

Collin College professors Abby Christian and Jill McCord deliver 550 cookbooks to Pantry Manager Geoben Johnson and volunteers Harold Nicholson and Barbara Battice.

A BIG thank you to almost 200 caring donors who signed up to donate new winter clothing and shoes to help 487 children through our Holiday Gift Program!!!

Thank you to the event hosts
Robin and Steve Sedlacek and Baine Brooks and all the supporters of 
Charity Car Show!

The car show was held on SAT - Nov. 3 
at TwoRows
Classic Grill and ACO is 
grateful to receive the ticket proceeds to support its mission!


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