Facebook Idea Becomes Mission to Feed Menifee's Less Fortunate

The concept started out as a Facebook post. A mere idea to spread some holiday cheer, within a matte...

The concept started out as a Facebook post. A mere idea to spread some holiday cheer, within a matter of comments and phone calls, quickly became a realistic effort to feed Menifee’s hungry for Christmas 2010.

What began as one mother’s quest to teach her children the true meaning of Christmas, rapidly gained enough momentum and support to feed and gift over one hundred and fifty local families last December 25th.

Local resident, Jimmy Canales, was the good citizen who responded to the initial Facebook posting and eventually would be the one to initiate and recruit for his cause. With the solid help of ten people behind the project, they began a mission to feed Menifee.

Jimmy’s reasoning was simple, “There are places far away for those in need to go on Christmas, but there are Menifee families who are struggling financially and need help right here. So many people are a paycheck away from disaster, we wanted to help right here.”

Since its start the campaign has grown and, in only one years time, enlisted more help and more donations. This year with generosity set high, the goal is to feed and gift over 300 families on Christmas day, doubling what they were able to accomplish in only two weeks in 2010.

Menifee Christmas Dinner and Toy Drive has expanded from last year, and has high hopes to reach families in need not only in Menifee but also in Murrieta, Quail Valley, Sun City, Perris, and Romoland as well.

In addition to freely serving hot meals to the community on Christmas from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm, there will also be prepackaged take and make meals given to each family. Non-perishable food items collected throughout the food drive are carefully packed into 9 X 9 X 10 gift wrapped boxes for the families attending to take home for an additional make-at-home meal.

Another thirty especially in need families are being sought out for volunteers to hand deliver Christmas to their homes the week before the actual holiday. The drop off will include food to prepare and gifts for each child.

The mission is to serve anyone in need, including; those experiencing financial difficulties, families with a member away on deployment, single parent family situations, seniors who might not have anywhere to go for Christmas, and even the homeless.