For the 17th year, volunteers packed and distributed Thanksgiving baskets Saturday to more than 120 families here. In addition to the typical holiday provisions, the donations to the Galt Giving Project included a week's worth of groceries.
The Thanksgiving baskets committee partners each year with the outreach counselors at all local schools to identify the families most in need. "This is a heartbreaking process when the need is so great with no significant improvement in the economy this past year," co-coordinator Ria Jones said.
Among the organizations involved are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, New Hope Assembly, Galt Methodist Church, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Horizon Community Church, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Sunrise Rotary Club, BMD of Galt, and Cardinal Glass of Galt, City of Galt employees, Tiny Tots Center, Bayside Church, FC Soccer League, Galt Lions Club, Raley's Super Market, Golden Living Center and General Mills.
St. Christopher's Church delivered more than 125 turkeys to the Littleton Center between 7 and 8 a.m. via a drive-through-drop-off-system Saturday.
The other groups either donated or collected food or money, according to Jones.
Private citizens donated milk and rice for all the families, and students at all of the Galt elementary, middle and high schools participated, as did Arcohe and Oak View schools.
Galt High School and Liberty Ranch High School students, for example, collected peanut butter as part of their October food drive. Between the schools and Horizon church, 173 jars were collected.
In addition, each basket recipient family received at least one turkey, stuffing mix, green beans, cranberry sauce, corn, 10 pounds of potatoes, beans, rice, pancake mix, butter, canned fruit, hot dogs, pie, fresh eggs, cereals, bread, and canned chicken.
One couple, Karen and Richard Dunton, not only collected, counted and sorted food for many weeks, but picked up boxes from Raleys for delivery, Jones said.
"As you can see this is a true grassroots effort to help the Galt community," Jones said, adding that 100 percent of the donated money is spent on food and food alone.
"All administrative costs are borne by volunteers. The Galt Giving Project/Thanksgiving Baskets is granted the use of the Littleton Center to package and distribute Food for this annual event which keeps administrative cost at zero."
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