It’s been another busy few weeks as we prepare for Christmas at Heartland Hunger & Resource Center this week. Thanksgiving is already a month ago and we served Thanksgiving baskets to well over 125 families for that holiday. Despite my best intentions, I’ve not been posting all the wonderful activities since then. We’re very grateful to everyone who has held food drives and organized events to support HH&RC. Among those are Foresters’ who held a silent auction and Tamarack Ski Resort’s food drive last Friday. Thank you so much to all who helped, including our volunteers!
Something very special to my heart is involving children to help at the food pantry, especially during holidays. At Halloween, the Silver Sage Girl Scouts did a huge food for HH&RC. More recently, Barbara Morgan’s Second Graders walked from school – with teachers and parents- and brought us what they had collected in their classrooms. They helped put their food donations away and fill the shelves. In the process they learned about helping others and the needs of hungry families.
Also, Miss Jennie’s Kindergarten Class from Mountain Life School came to wrap potatoes for the Christmas baskets. This is the fourth year her class has been our “potato helpers”. She says the children love to come and older ones tell her present class what fun it is! They also bring books for clients’ kids to take home during the year.
Speaking of books, Melody Dodge, McCall’s Children Librarian comes on Wednesdays to read to kids AND she often does crafts with the little ones while the parents are being served in the pantry. Last week they made red and green paper chains for the trees. It is such fun to watch her with the children who are totally enthralled and attentive. Thank you, Melody and McCall Library for your kindness.
Today we’re preparing for tomorrow’s Christmas distribution. We’ll be open Tuesday from 4-6, and closed on Wednesday as it is Christmas Eve. Those who signed up for Christmas baskets can pick them up during hours. If there is anyone who didn’t sign up, we always have extra. We want everyone to enjoy a nice holiday meal.
Gifts for families at the food bank will be distributed at HH&RC not at the fire station as in past years since we now have the space. The elves are busy setting up tables and sorting the gifts. As in past years, the churches have provided pajamas, socks and a book for children. Elk Creek gathered board games for families – and there are always surprises and more surprises. If there’s a family needing a gift for their kids, it’s not too late to come by and make a request. The Christmas loaves and fishes don’t seem to run out.
All of us at Heartland Hunger wish our friends and donors a joyful, blessed Christmas. We love you and appreciate your support . We pray for you to receive as generously as you have given to others. Merry Christmas!