Volunteers fill Christmas boxes which were handed out on Dec. 20. (From left) Lois Krietemeyer, Tonya Hubbell, Martha Green. Photo by Marion Vendituoli

Santa’s Helpers, led by Martha Green and Tonya Hubbell, distributed Christmas boxes to local families in need. More than 500 cans were collected at the Elgin School and by Elgin/ Sonoita Cowbelles. KAAT Mini Mart and Cleone Field donated food, Sky Island Diner donated funds collected at their Thanksgiving dinner, and toys, scarfs and gloves were donated by the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Hams were purchased with funds donated by the community.

Santa’s Helpers is a long standing tradition in Sonoita, started by Margaret Carmichael and Pete Bidegain almost three decades ago. Donations can be made to this fund at the National Bank in Sonoita.