The Christmas in July Sangria & Salsa Kitchen Party, from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Melissa Guerra’s Tienda de Cocina, is a fun way to start your holiday giving.
Christmas in July kicks off a campaign, The Little Refrigerator That Could, to help the nonprofit Roy Maas Youth Alternatives stock its refrigerators and cupboards. New culinary items are needed, as well as kitchen tools, utensils, appliances, mixers, baking dishes and much more.
Roy Maas Youth Alternatives is a program that cares for more than 600 children a year. These kids come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Some have never had a healthy meal; many have lived without three square meals a day.
Through this program, businesses (such as Melissa Guerra’s store) can sponsor the refrigerator and kitchen drive, or individuals may host a culinary party to benefit RMYA.
The event at Tienda de Cocina Thursday is open free to the public. During July, those who purchase items at the store or online, or donate at least $25 through Melissa Guerra receive a 20 percent discount on personal orders.
Tienda de Cocina is in the Full Goods Building at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St.