It is time for the 13th Annual Bramlett Beans & Cornbread Community Fundraiser hosted by former Mayor James Bramlett and the Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department. Enjoy yummy beans and cornbread on Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 11AM to 1PM at the Southwest Center on 7th Street in Texarkana, Texas. Lunch is only $5 and includes beverage and dessert or bring six non-perishable food items and lunch is FREE.

“Money and food items donated at the lunch go toward food baskets for truly needy families in the Texarkana area – a coordinated effort by Texarkana Water Utilities and the Cities of Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas,” former Mayor Bramlett explained. “We need everyone to come out and enjoy this great food for a great cause!”

Starbucks is hosting a toy drive to assist with the Bramlett Beans & Cornbread fundraiser. Citizens can bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to Starbucks now through December 12th.

A new addition to the Bramlett Beans & Cornbread luncheon this year will be a booth where cash donations may also be made to the annual “Shop with a Cop/Firefighter” event which will be held on December 13, 2011. The goal for 2011 is to raise funds to give 60 area children a $100 shopping spree at the local Target store. “Our dedicated public safety officers are working hard to raise at least $6,000 in support of this very worthy project,” Bramlett commented. “We are thrilled to include them in the Bramlett Beans & Cornbread event in the hope that they will exceed their goal and be able to provide a holiday shopping experience for even more deserving children.”

For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-798-3978.