Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

November 5, 2012

Super Gallo creates program to enrich local community

JACKSONVILLE —

It started out as a desire to share blessings with those less fortunate and has blossomed into a strongly supported program that will help put food into the cupboards of people in need.

People Helping People “is another avenue to help our community, especially at the holiday season, in meeting the needs of the less fortunate,” said People's Church Senior Pastor David Butler. “That's why we were so quick to jump on board. It's an excellent opportunities to pool our resources together.”

The program is the brainchild of Tony Wilburn, manager of Jacksonville's Super Gallo Market. With the support of the store owner, on Oct. 25 Wilburn launched a grocery discount program in which 10 percent of all sales would be set aside to provide food for families recommended by the churches and businesses taking part in the program.

“The way the economy is right now, we saw a need for something like this,” he said. “So it's really not about any one particular person or business or about religion, but coming together as one community. We want to bring our community together.”

As of Friday, 52 organizations, businesses and churches in Jacksonville and Rusk, as well as those in smaller communities like Alto, are participating in the People Helping People program. And as of Wednesday, 2,565 Super Gallo business cards with special bar codes printed on back have been distributed.

Both Butler and Ida Perez, personnel administrator for the City of Jacksonville, praised the program.

“We all have to buy groceries, and for a store to reserve 10 percent of every purchase is an amazing feat, and we take our hats off to Super Gallo,” Butler said. “It's the first time I've ever heard of anything of this nature, where 10 percent (of sales) goes back into the community to feed those in need.”

Perez agreed. “Tony's really putting a lot of effort into it, and I'm really impressed that a local store would take such pride in and such care about our community, to do something like this,” she said.

“I'm from a place where we had Kroger (rewards) cards, and I've seen (different programs) used to fund things for schools or give someone a gas discount, but to put back into community? That's new to me. I think it's ingenious,” she said, adding that she has distributed 140 cards to coworkers at city offices.

Butler, who passed out 125 cards among the people in his congregation, said the program has been warmly received. “I don't think we have 12 or 14 of the cards left, everybody was so excited about it.”

The card can be used for purchases at Super Gallo, located in Suite 200 at 1009 S. Jackson, except for alcohol, tobacco or WIC program purchases.

People Helping People launched Oct. 25 and runs through Dec. 20; food purchased through the money raised will be distributed Dec. 22 to families recommended by the groups and businesses utilizing the program.

“Every person we've talked to about the program thinks it's an extremely good program, a good idea in which everyone helps to give back,” Wilburn said. “We're all blessed, although sometimes we don't realize how truly we're blessed. If everybody comes together as one, we can help our community.

“Our goal is to help as many needy people as possible, and I hope this grows bigger each year, so we can get more people involved in helping,” he said.

For more information about the People Helping People, contact Wilburn 903-372-1346 or by email, tonysg@suddenlinkmail.com. Information is also available at Super Gallo Market, 903-589-7654.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • RuskProtestMain.tif Rusk protest highlights views concerning border issues

    Several Texans gathered Saturday in Rusk -- not only to protest the recent federally-sponsored flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S., but to demand state officials to do something about it.
    Nearly 20 concerned citizens gathered at the intersection of U.S. highways 69 and 84 Saturday afternoon, waving flags and hand-lettered signs asking for secure borders and better action on the matter.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • RISD board mulls $16M budget

    Local school board members are considering a $16,671,955 proposed general fund budget for Rusk ISD's upcoming fiscal year – which begins Sept. 1 – but are nowhere near close to adopting the budget, said Lesa Jones, assistant district superintendent for finance and operation.

    July 22, 2014

  • National Night Out to return to Jacksonville

    National Night Out ( NNO) festivities will be returning  to Jacksonville this year.
    Jacksonville Police Crime Prevention Officer Detective Tonya Harris said all Jacksonville residents are encouraged to participate this year by sponsoring or attending a National Night Out party on Oct. 7.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tina_Baggett.tif Gallatin resident seeks help with expenses after diagnosis

    A Gallatin woman and longtime employee at Prosperity Bank is about to undergo the first stage of procedures for stem cell harvesting.
    Tina Baggett, 51, became unable to work in February due to complications from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bullard group rallies behind alcohol petition

    A petition calling for a city-wide city election this November that would make all areas of Bullard wet, including those which fall in Cherokee County, has proven successful, as more than the required 221 signatures have been collected.

    July 19, 2014

  • mom and kids_6776.tif Jacksonville woman celebrates 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends

    Ethel Terry, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, celebrated her 100th birthday with an open house on July 15 at the Twin Oaks Care Facility in Jacksonville.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cemetery grass.tif Extra rainfall produces more abundant lawns, extends hay season

    Steady periods of rain this summer have been a homeowner's dream, as lawns appear more lush than in previous years.
    But for city workers, that same growth has taken on nightmarish proportions.
    “It's a maintenance nightmare,” said Ben Briley, director of the City of Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cherokee County arrests: July 8-14

    The Daily Progress will publish a list of arrests from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office on a weekly basis.

    July 19, 2014

  • Detective recovers nearly $7K in case

    When a Jacksonville woman became a victim of a scam, Jacksonville Police Detective Greg Compton stopped at nothing to solve the case.
    In early January, Compton said a neighbor of a 94-year-old woman reported that someone had “taken advantage of her.”

    July 17, 2014

  • Bullard ISD names interim leader

    During a meeting Monday night, the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees appointed Joe Dan Lee as Interim Superintendent.

    July 17, 2014