El Dorado Springs Christmas Baskets feed 275 families

Posted December 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

With the support of the community, the committee was able to provide baskets and/or gifts for 275 families including nearly 300 children this year. Cash donations are still needed to cover the cost of purchasing potatoes, ham, milk, eggs, cereal and other foods to fill the boxes! As we have all seen, the cost of food at the grocery store has gone up! If you would like to help, please make checks payable to the “Christmas Baskets” and mail to committee treasurer Steve Wiseman at 884 S. 275 Rd., El Dorado Springs. Your support will be sincerely appreciated.

Many thanks go to all the wonderful volunteers who gave countless hours of their time to make this event possible. The ice and cold made it a bigger challenge for volunteers to get to the church to “man” their station this year and a real challenge to get the deliveries made for those home bound families.

Thank you to the First Baptist Church for the use of the facility. Thank you to the many businesses, clubs and individuals who donated gifts, toys, cash, canned goods or other non-perishable food items. It is heartwarming that so many people” dig deep” to support this project.

Thank you to Woods grocery store for inviting the committee to locate a collection barrel there. It really helps to get those donations of canned goods and boxed dinners. Thank you to Fugate Ford for sponsoring the toys for tots program and collecting gifts for the children. Thank you to Pogo’s pizza who fed the volunteers on Wednesday and volunteers who cooked for the group on other days.

Thank you to the DECA students and so many others who donated wonderful toys and games and adopted families or like the Lions, took their “adopted” children shopping. Thank you to the FFA students who helped carry baskets to cars. Thank you to the volunteers who sorted toys on Monday and those that wrapped the toys on Wednesday and those that sorted and boxed the food on Thursday and Friday including students from the Christian School and from NEVC school. Thank you to those who bagged up the fruit and candy sacks for each person. Thank you to the volunteers that helped distribute the food baskets and gifts on Saturday.