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Bushels (and baskets) of gratitude

Dear Editor:

The Holiday Baskets Program, a totally volunteer project, was, once again, a wonderful community effort to provide gifts and food to over 150 families in need in our valley. Families are referred to the program by agencies and schools and are then “adopted” by individuals, the faith community, and other groups.

The response this year was particularly generous. The elementary and middle school students joined together and adopted 15 families! We received many wonderful donations of toys, money, and clothing. In addition to the gifts purchased by the Adopting Angels, we were able to provide very generous gifts of food vouchers to each family, to seniors, and to the homeless.

While it is not possible to thank everyone individually for their help, there are several who deserve special recognition. Because Christ Episcopal Church, which coordinates the Holiday Basket program, is currently being remodeled, we were in need of a facility to serve as a coordination and distribution center. Tom McCabe, of the Pitkin County Housing Authority, generously offered us a large space at Truscott Place. The staff there, Kai, Sandra, and Cindy, were so welcoming and helpful.

Elaine Bonds and Joy Stryker, Holiday Baskets Community Coordinators, spent many, many hours and lots of energy, matching families with Adopting Angels and making sure all the gifts were ready on pick-up day. We appreciate those businesses who let us place our collection jars on their counters. Thank you also to ACRA for again collecting toys and money for Holiday Baskets at their annual holiday party.

It was heart-warming to observe so many people in our community participating in this project and to see the happy faces of the recipients when they received their gifts.

Anne Blackwell

Holiday Baskets chairperson

Aspen


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