Christmas Baskets


Foothills Rural Community Ministry Christmas Baskets

We are happy to report that the FRCM Christmas basket project was again very successful.  This project takes the whole year to plan, organize, fundraise, contact families and volunteers, order food, shop and much more.  This is a year-long community commitment.

A total of 233 baskets were given out. We gave out 167 baskets to families with children, and 66 baskets to senior citizens and special needs adults.  Of the 921 people helped, 432 were children.  Families and seniors were able to request a basket from Foothills or in response to an article in the Rural Star newspaper.  We also received some anonymous referrals.

Each basket contained nonperishable food items, various hygiene products, a bag of oranges and one of apples (donated by North Star Orchards). All families with children received a 16-20 lb. turkey and a 5-pound chicken and all senior citizens a 5-pound chicken. Large families were able to receive 2 turkeys and 2 chickens. Everyone received gift cards for milk from Stewarts. We are grateful to local businesses that provide donations and discounts that enable us to provide this food, as well as the businesses that support the Trenton Chamber of Commerce fundraiser at the Adirondack Bank. The Adirondack Bank also added another $1200.00 to the fundraiser. Non-perishable food came from local school food collections, or was purchased from the Food Bank of Central New York with funds from FRCM and from various fundraisers and community contributions.  Hannaford of New Hartford NY provided us with 121 boxes of food, for which their customers donate $10.00 per box. 

The children each received two gifts, one of clothing and one toy. Members of area churches, school faculties, and business employees purchased the gifts. Many of the children also received winter jackets (121), snow pants (84) and boots (156). Committee members shop sales all year long for these items.  Most children also received socks donated by Amy’s Musical pre-school, as well as hats and mittens donated by our wonderful local knitters.      

Many people, both young and old came to help sort food and gifts, move or carry heavy loads, wrap gifts and feed volunteers including youth from our community such as boy scouts, girl scouts, junior and senior honor society, and confirmation students.  We had 6 volunteers from Utica College’s pre-med program, as well as some strong young folks of our community to help us carry all the food and gifts up the stairs and out to the waiting cars at St. Leo and St. Ann’s Church. We cannot do this project without the help we receive from our wonderfully generous community.







                                                     
 Did you know?
The Christmas Basket Committee has an account at
 Cushman's Bottle and Can Redemption Center on Rte. 365 in Floyd. 
When you bring in cans and bottles you can tell them to apply the redemption to the 
Foothills Christmas Basket account. 
The money earned will help to buy food for the baskets. 
Thank you.
 This account will be active throughout the year



COMMITTEE:Sharon Firley, Bonnie Tuttle, Elaine Angwin, John Angwin, Candy Owen, Bill Owen, Pat Robinson, Bryan Rogowski, Joan Kotwica, Paul Kotwica,  Lorraine Pawson, Sonya Ellinger, Isabel Pierzynski, Mary Ann Doyle, Karen Pike-Roberts

Sign ups are during our Food Pantry days or call our office at 315-865-5854 for information or to                                    volunteer. 

 

 
Click on the attachments below to read more about our Christmas Basket Program in years past.
 
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Bonnie Churcher,
Apr 11, 2015, 4:30 AM
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Bonnie Churcher,
Sep 10, 2013, 1:31 PM
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Bonnie Churcher,
Sep 2, 2012, 5:45 PM
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Bonnie Churcher,
Aug 11, 2011, 3:19 PM
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Bonnie Churcher,
Sep 2, 2010, 8:43 AM
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Bonnie Churcher,
Sep 10, 2013, 1:26 PM
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