News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

December 8, 2008
CONTACT: Rachel Johnston, (512) 463-0119

Senator Uresti's 12th Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive Exceeds 10,000 Toys

San Antonio, TEXAS -- More than 1,000 people braved a cold front last Friday night to enjoy State Senator Carlos I. Uresti's 12th Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive at VFW Post 9186 in San Antonio's Southside.

"The food was delicious, and everyone had the holiday spirit. However, the ones who always benefit the most from this party are the needy children who will receive the toys that people brought with them. " Senator Uresti said.

The toy drive, which benefited local charities for needy children, was enormously successful this year, surpassing 10,000 gifts in the last 12 years thanks in part to the party's growing reputation as both a charitable event and a reception for constituents.

"This celebration is my family's gift to the community that has supported me for more than eleven years. I believe that people who have been blessed with much should give something back and this is our opportunity to do so, " Senator Uresti said.

The event featured live music, a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and the Spurs Coyote, and a number of door prizes with Spurs tickets as the grand prize.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border. Covering 55,000 square miles, serving over 700,000, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.