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Free Market for Farmworker Families Set for Jan. 13

Families of farmworkers can go pick up free clothes, household items and more at the Bike Shack.

Farm work is incredibly difficult, especially in winter weather. Work hours decrease dramatically in the cold months, leaving families of farmworkers struggling.

To help compensate for the hardship of these families, the Watsonville Bike Shack, Pajaro Valley Dream students and the Center for Farmworker Families are putting on a Tianguis Gratis — a free market — to help stock farmworker families' homes with essentials.

"New and gently-used clothing, household items, toys, baby items, and more may be donated at the Bike Shack on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m. or the morning of the 13th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon," a market representative said in an email to Watsonville Patch.

The market will be held Jan. 13 at the Bike Shack from noon until 6 p.m.

Providing for the farmworker families relies on donations from the community, so rifle through your closets, garages, etc. and see what you have to spare. 

At the event, the Bike Shack will also have bikes available in exchange for donations and will fit kids and adults with helmets.

Dream students will be on hand with homemade snacks to feed donators as well as farmworker families. 

The Watsonville Bike Shack is located at 555 Main St. behind the old Chavez Furniture Store.  

Myrna Sherman January 03, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Hey all. This is just people helping people. Can we get the politics out of it.?
Doc January 03, 2013 at 07:04 PM
@Sandy Holm and Mike Gomez - You are both exactly right. The Brown Berets are a communist, racist and criminal gang. Just like other criminal street gangs, they use intimidation, threats, violence and vandalism in attempt to further their "cause." On our own soil, they desecrate our American system (like our military and police) and are a greater immediate threat to our security and way of life than other terrorist organizations who get much more media attention. They would love to see all non-Latinos march back to Plymouth Rock and jump in the ocean and drown. While this article makes it sound like they are doing a good thing, don't believe them. Like Mike Gomez, I advise readers to avoid them, and make your kind donations to other more honest charities.
Doc January 03, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Jacob - I agree with you that racism in any form should not be tolerated. But I'm confused - if the Patch does not tolerate racism, then why does the Patch keep giving attention to this racist group?
Tony G. January 03, 2013 at 07:28 PM
@Myma - as a member of the Brown Berets you would like that, no?
Tony G. January 03, 2013 at 07:33 PM
@jacob - so you are saying that the Patch officially endorses the type of racism (anti-white, anti-black, anti-asian) that the Brown Berets preach at every opportunity? Did you know that the 'Farm Workers' they help do not work on farms but rather are recent immigrants (illegal for the most part) that the BB's sponcer and put to work in the drug and sex trades? If this is what the Patch stands for I do have more questions.

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