By Etta Gross, MVFN
It’s Christmas Time! The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club is gearing up for the annual Community Christmas Food and Toy Baskets to assist those that are less fortunate in Meadow Vista and those in the surrounding communities of Applegate, Clipper Gap, Christian Valley and Weimar. This year will bring us new challenges since our donation from Campbell Soup in prior years of over a ton of canned goods will NOT be available. Every year our community Christmas Basket Project budget increases at a higher pace than our donations. Last year we helped 125 households with 73 families with children. Monetary donations are always greatly appreciated and may be mailed to TMVFNC, (The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club) P.O. Box 764, Meadow Vista, CA 95722-0764. Cash donations assist the club with allowing a greater buying power for food at the Placer Food Banks and other suppliers. All donations are used in our community to help those in need.
Ornaments with a child's gender and age will be available after November 12, 2013 at Wells Fargo Bank in Meadow Vista. Please return your wrapped present with an ornament attached to the package (Please reconfirm the gender and age are legible on the ornament). This is tremendously helpful for Santa's elves to know and ensures children will be receiving the appropriate present for their ages and gender.
The Community's help is need on Friday, December 20, 2013, at Sierra Hills School, starting at 5 p.m., for the assembling the Christmas Food boxes. This event is so wonderful to watch all age groups in our community working together to help our community residents that need a helping hand during the Christmas Holidays. This also gives those helping to assembly the food boxes the true Christmas spirit.
Those that have strong backs and are willing to help with the physical labor of lifting heavy boxes, loading and unloading trucks and trailer we could use your assistance starting at 3:30 p.m. at Placer Hills School on December 20, 2013. Please trucks will be needed also for transporting the food to Sierra Hills School at 3:30 p.m. on December 20, 2013.
Canned food donations are always greatly needed. Sierra Hills and Weimar Hills Schools canned food drives will benefit this Christmas Food Basket program. Or you may call the people listed below for arrangements for pick up of donations.
We are very fortune to live in a community that does care for their neighbors. It shows through our annual community Christmas Basket Food and Toy program. Thank you everyone for your financial, physical assistance and your donations of canned foods and toys! This community Christmas Basket Food and Toy program's success is due to the community support.
Any questions, please contact Etta Gross at (530) 637-5359 or Gerry Hinkle at (530) 878-6117.We are a non-profit 501 c 3 organization and receipts for donations are available. Please remember to consult your Tax Advisor for current tax deduction laws.