The caring, giving heart of the Surface Creek Valley community beat strongly last Saturday as dozens of volunteers gathered at the food bank in Cedaredge with over 260 Christmas dinner gift boxes to distribute.
The annual project by the volunteers of the Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank adds some true holiday happiness to local families who receive the gift boxes. They are filled with items ranging from frozen turkeys or hams to 12-inch pies for dessert -- everything needed to make a memorable family Christmas feast.
The Christmas dinner gift box distribution has become an annual tradition where the food bank, volunteers and community all come together for the effort. The event included sacks full of individually wrapped toys for children. The toys were selected specifically for the ages and gender of children in the families receiving them, and each family that participated in the toy program had its own individual gift assortment.
Local businesses and individuals donated the gifts in the children's sacks. The project has been an effort in recent years spearheaded by Ray Petersen. Though Ray moved away from the community recently, food bank organizers explained there were enough children's items left over from previous years added with some new ones this year to complete the project once again.