Share Your Christmas Crates Signal the Season of Giving at CCAD

by Brigitte Rox, CCAD Public Affairs

CCAD Commander Col. Allan Lanceta paid a neighborly visit to the US Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi where he met with command leaders and flew in a MH-65 Dolphin.

Spc. Phillip Subblett (left to right), Julius Wilson and Spc Raheem Plazz delivered fifteen giant and empty crates throughout Corpus Christi Army Depot with the hopes they get filled with nonperishable food items for the local food bank.  Photo by Ervey Martinez (RELEASED)

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (November 10, 2016) -- Corpus Christi Army Depot employees arriving to work Thursday morning were greeted by large unfamiliar crates outside their work centers.

Each 3ft x 3ft x 3.75ft cardboard crate is deceptively durable to handle an assignment that barrels could no longer fill. What's going in there? Food -- and lots of it!

Share Your Christmas Flyer (click to view)The 29th Annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive, benefiting the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, kicked off on November 1.

Schools, businesses and families throughout the community team up with Kiii-TV, HEB and the food bank for one month of giving to reduce hunger in South Texas.

Depot event coordinator, Julius Wilson, said there are 15 crates spread throughout the 2.3 million square feet of depot industrial space where donors can deliver their nonperishable and non-breakable food items.

Employees can find these crates on the CCAD Portal: just navigate to the main page and scroll down to "Share Your Christmas Food Drive."

Crates will be picked up first thing on Friday, December 2 at 7 a.m. so donors need to get their goods in the box before then.

Once all crates are collected on a stake bed truck, they are taken to the weigh station on base and weighed (minus the truck and crate weight).

CCAD's heaviest haul of donated food items remains the Share Your Christmas Food Drive 2010 with a collected weight of 6,013 lbs.

Then the goods are delivered to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi at the Kiii-TV news station, aired live on Channel 3.

Beatriz Hanson, Executive Director with the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, said that the food bank's donations have been low this year but they hope that this year's drive will help.

Since 1982, the Food Bank of Corpus Christi has been fighting hunger in the Coastal Bend by providing food and personal care products to various charity and service agencies. The Food Bank of Corpus Christi feeds 78,900 people annually and services 11 counties in South Texas.

For more information on CCAD's Share Your Christmas Food Drive, call 961-9067.


Designated a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft, Corpus Christi Army Depot ensures aviation readiness through overhaul, repair, modification, retrofit, testing, recapitalization, and modernization of helicopters, engines and components. This effort includes world-wide on-site field maintenance teams, analytical crash investigations and chemical material process facilities. CCAD serves as a depot training base for active duty Army, National Guard, and reserve units. CCAD, as South Texas' largest industrial employer, employs more than 5500 personnel and contractors providing an overall economic impact of more than $1.14 Billon to the local community.