For many years now, the Members of the Hidalgo County Bar Association (HCBA) through its charitable arm, the Hidalgo County Bar Foundation (HCBF), have devoted themselves to serving Hidalgo County through their annual holiday food and toy drives.

Thanks to the generous support of these lawyers and dedicated loyal support staff, the HCBF has been able to increase its community outreach each of the seven years its “hands on” food drive has operated. A specific grocery list is compiled by HCBA Members for the benefit of Hidalgo County low income families supported by Proyecto Azteca, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), and South Texas Civil Rights Project. This Thanksgiving, 375 families received a bag of groceries, Whataburger meal coupons, and a HEB gift card for the purchase of essential items, including hygiene products and infant formula. The HCBA and HCBF sincerely thank our many lawyers, support staff, and friends who participated in the food drive, with special thanks to Coffee Zone, HEB Food Stores, La Luna Duet, PDQ! Printing, Tejas Rentals, and Whataburger for their generous participation and support.

The HCBF annual toy drive benefited children from area Colonias supported by Project ARISE Muniz. There were 420 children, ages infant through 12, in need of presents for Christmas. HCBA members conducted inner-office toy drives, and with the generous support of the McAllen Police Department, the HCBF was able to provide toys for each child. The HCBF was also able to donate much needed art supplies, school supplies, and gym equipment for summer programs attended by many of these children. These camps are coordinated by Project ARISE Muniz each summer.

The HCBA and HCBF sincerely thank all of our lawyers, support staff, and friends who participated in the toy drive, and specifically the McAllen Police Department and Chief Victor Rodriguez for their generous participation and support.