The Blanco Good Samaritan Center opened its doors in April 1990. It began operations from a small house on the corner of 7th and Pecan Streets at 620 N. Pecan. Since then, there have been two building expansions built with help from the community.
During a meeting in October 2011, new officers were elected and will be installed at a meeting to be held on January 11. Serving two-year terms will be Sheryl Smith-Rodgers, President; David Armstrong, Vice President and Food Chairman; Pam Ridlehuber, Secretary; and Lucy Uselton, Treasurer.
The Center depends on cash donations and donations of used clothes and other items that are sold to continue operations. Community involvement and volunteer workers make it possible to meet our goal of helping families who need food and financial assistance.
Lately, there have been reports of some individuals going through the bags of donations that were dropped off and, in some cases, taking whole bags away. A new lock box to drop off donations will soon be put in place; a surveillance camera is also being considered. A sign will be posted that trespassers will be reported to the police and prosecuted. All of these steps will be taken to ensure that the efforts of the “good Samaritans” who drop off donations will be protected.
We are looking forward to serving the community in 2012.