Christmas Basket Program
It seems that nearly every family has its own unique Christmas observances. Many people are especially proud of Christmas traditions brought to the United States from their countries of origin. The wonderful diversity of foods, music and songs, prayers and stories all make Christmas the holiday of holidays in the United States.
The family Christmas dinner, when the house is full of grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles who may only see each other once a year, is one of the most cherished events of the holiday season. Whether the meal is traditional, with a feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and an assortment of baked goods, or is of an ethnic nature makes no difference. The mere fact that you are home for the holidays and surrounded by a loving family and friends is the key to holiday bliss.
With the Christmas Dinner as a focus the Friends of Oakley – A Community Foundation has, since 2009, set out to assist those families that may find themselves in need of some assistance during the Christmas season. The Christmas Basket Program provides a turkey, fresh produce, boxes of non-perishable food items and wrapped presents for each child in the family up to the age of 17 to every family that registers.
The process begins in November with the distribution of barrels for the collection of toys and non-perishable food and the registration of families. Look for dates and locations in the Calendar.
The Friends of Oakley – A Community Foundation commits to returning 100% of the toys and food goods donated in Oakley to our registered families in need in Oakley. At least one toy will be wrapped and given for each child in the family up to age 17.
We are continually surprised at the level of contributions afforded our organization; however, there are hard costs associated with running this yearly program. We spend nearly $10,000 a year, the bulk of which is spent on perishable food items such as turkeys, bread, fruits and vegetables. There are certain age groups that do not attract a great deal of toy contributions, so we supplement these groups with presents that we purchase. If you have a few extra dollars please contribute what you can using our PayPal option.
The success for this event is due to the volunteers who participate during the entire process.