RIPON – It's going to be somewhat of a difficult Christmas this year for boys and girls in the South County that are spending their first holiday away from loved ones after being placed in foster care.
If you want to give a gift that says "Manteca" this Christmas but don't want it to be a can of Armour Star lard with both English and Spanish spellings then the Manteca Museum gift shop might be the right place to search.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society has helped untold number of needy families and individuals in Manteca and surroundings for decades. Young men studying for the priesthood have been able to continue pursuing their religious vocation, thanks in part to the assistance provided by the Bishop's Seminarian Fund of the Diocese of Stockton. And a number of area youth have been able to play in Little League with the help of generous donations from organizations whose mission is to step up when there's a need.