Baskets full of joy delivered to those in need

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By Vicky Gits

You can tell by the smiles on their faces that delivering big boxes full of food is fun for everybody, including the seniors, the volunteers and the eighth-graders from the Rocky Mountain Academy charter school who served as delivery girls and boys.

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, volunteers finally got the opportunity to distribute around Evergreen the baskets full of good cheer that they had been collecting since Halloween.

Sponsored by the Seniors’ Resource Center, the annual Christmas giveaway entails hours of soliciting contributions, sorting food items, baking cookies and shopping for toiletry items. The SRC has supported the basket project for 30 years.

This year participants collected enough food and goodies to fill 120 gift boxes of food, including a half-frozen chicken in each box. Most of the packages go to a seniors apartment complex, and the rest are delivered to various elderly residents who are living independently around Evergreen.

After being topped off with handmade Christmas cards, about 70 of the boxes are assembled at the Green Ridge Meadow Apartments on John Wallace Road. From there, they are loaded on shopping carts and food transporters and assigned to groups of teenagers, who wheel them to their final destination.

The bounty was a godsend for Green Ridge resident J. Ann Greulich, who was looking forward to feeding her 18-year-old grandson in South Dakota who would be visiting for a couple of weeks.

Chris Schaefer, volunteer coordinator with the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen, put this year’s event together with the help of 17 local organizations, including Albertson’s, Blue Spruce Girl Scout Troop 91, Christ the King Church, EDS Waste, Evergreen Elks Lodge, Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Evergreen Montessori, Evergreen Senior High National Honor Society, Foothills Chapter of the National Charity League, Forest Heights Lodge, King Soopers, Rocky Mountain Academy, Rocky Mountain Village Estates, Safeway, Two Men and a Truck, Wendy’s and Yahoo Moms Group.

The SRC delivers baskets to seniors who sign up to receive them, people who are clients of the center, or to people who have been nominated by others and indicate they are willing to accept the baskets. The baskets are not designed for people living in assisted-living centers or nursing homes.

To nominate someone to receive a holiday food basket next year, contact Chris Schaefer, 303-674-2843, at the SRC.


SRC services

If anyone is interested in Seniors’ Resource Center services (adult day and respite services, in-home care, transportation, care management, extension services, the Yellow House Café, Meals on Wheels and referrals to community partners) or volunteering, they should contact SRC at 303-674-2843.