Paratroop vets need your aid to feed needy Tucson families
Monday, 6 November 2000
World War II veteran Arturo G. Lopez needs a little help.
Every year since 1978, he and a few friends from the MexicanAmerican Paratroopers Association, have gotten together to prepare holiday food baskets for needy families in Tucson.
It's by no means a large operation - the group delivers about 20 baskets each year containing nonperishable canned foods and a ham or bacon.
"Sometimes we put in three or four loaves of bread, milk. It depends on the family and what they need," Lopez, 79, said.
He said the families are identified by word-of-mouth with the help of his friends and fellow veterans Carlos "Sonny" Valencia, 62, and Reuben Campos, 68.
This year, Lopez said, the group could do with some food donations, including the hams and bacon, for the baskets.
If you can help, call Lopez at 889-0774.