The Surface Creek Community Services food bank is hoping again this year that local residents, businesses and organizations will be able to contribute to the Christmas Gift Box campaign.
In a letter to community sponsors of the project, the SCCS board noted, "It is time for us to ask the community's support for the Surface Creek Community Services food bank annual Christmas Gift Box project."
The letter goes on to say that with the generous help and assistance of the entire community, the food bank volunteers last Christmas distributed 275 large boxes of Christmas food fixings to our neighbors in the valley area so that they could enjoy a wonderful Christmas with their families.
This is a special project. None of the funds from the Christmas Gift Box project are used for the general operations fund. The SCCS board uses only money specifically donated for the Christmas Gift Box project to buy the food that goes into each family's gift box.
Each Christmas gift box includes a minimum of a turkey, ham or gift card to purchase the meat of their choice. There is also a selection of vegetables, fruit and additional items to prepare a complete Christmas dinner for each family.
The SCCS board says it is always on the lookout for the best prices, and each box typically costs around $38. Generous donations from the community are essential to make this project the success it has been for over a decade.
Anyone with questions about the food bank or the project can call Ken or Donna Christenson at 856-9692.
Donations can be mailed to Surface Creek Community Services at P.O. Box 963, Cedaredge, CO 81413.
The food bank asks that donors please make checks out to Surface Creek Community Services and mark checks clearly that the money is for the Christmas Gift Box project.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.