The Gloria family and El Flamingo restaurant reached out and touched over 650 people this Thanksgiving holiday, serving traditional turkey and dressing meals to whomever stopped in and asked. For the fifth consecutive year, the Gloria family has been opening the doors to their restaurant on Thanksgiving Day to anyone who needs a meal. They have even had numerous volunteers donate their time and efforts to hand deliver meals to those who are unable to make it to the restaurant. This year El Flamingo served an estimated 200 meals to take out requests and another 450-500 meals to persons at the restaurant. With donations from several area churches from pies, cornbread and volunteers to monetary donations by individuals, the event was able to raise over $2,500. The money will in turn be donated to the Toys for Tots program that will help numerous McCulloch County children receive a little holiday cheer this Christmas. Though shy $500 from what the event raised last year, Aleta Kimbrough with McCulloch County Helping Hands stated that the “Center still appreciates all the donations.” “There were a lot more people served at the restaurant this year,” she said. “It was completely full from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with people coming and going. This year we had more ‘in-house’ customers and didn’t see as many contributions from local organizations as in years past, but overall the dinner was a big success for Toys for Tots.” On average, Helping Hands registers close to 300 McCulloch County children just prior to the Christmas holiday. To date, approximately 80 children have signed up for the program, but coordinators do expect the bulk of registered children to hit in the next two weeks. In lieu of a percentage sale offered through the local Wal-Mart, Mrs. Kimbrough expects many of the toys to be purchased this Saturday, but adds that the shopping is usually broken down into two trips. Anyone who would like to register a child for the Toys for Tots program may do so by stopping by the Helping Hands center located at 906 East 11th Street in Brady. Proof of income and the child’s social security number will be required for registration. Toys for Tots angels are displayed on Christmas trees across town and can be picked up at the Brady Wal-Mart, the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital, Brady National Bank, Commercial National Bank and Higgin-botham’s.