The Thanksgiving Basket Project

The Thanksgiving Basket Project

article by Janet Lane and photo by Gail Gong of St. Martin's, Davis

his Thanksgiving, St. Martin’s distributed baskets of food to 51 families in Davis and Dixon. Each basket consists of two parts: approximately $75 worth of non-perishable food items (St. Martin’s members shop for these) and a gift card from a local supermarket to buy perishable items. The amount of the gift card varies from year to year, depending upon the amount of money that is donated to the project. This year, families received $50.

Most of those served are large families, consisting of up to eight family members. St. Martin’s serves families they have served for a number of years and also adds families to the list each year via referrals from two local social service organizations.

Parishioners participate by shopping for food, donating money, and/or helping organize and distribute the food collected. (Pictured above right, St. Martin's members prepare to distribute Thanksgiving Baskets of food to local families.) St. Martin’s youth were instrumental this year in contributing a basket, helping organize all of the food collected, and carrying it out to cars when families came to receive their baskets.

The project honors the work of Christine Blanchard, who was a long-time member of St. Martin’s and worked tirelessly on outreach activities both at the church and in the community. She had a special interest in serving migrant families, and was instrumental in starting the Thanksgiving Basket project at St. Martin’s many years ago.

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