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.