A record year for FISH food baskets
A happy New Year to each and every Sonoma Valley resident who contributed to the success of the 2012 Christmas Basket Project. This year, 470 Christmas baskets were distributed at Hanna Boys Center on Dec. 21 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. by an army of Christmas elves who made sure each basket contained everything needed for a holiday feast. Those who received the food baskets were appreciative and, at time, shed tears of gratitude.
The demand for food baskets this year was a near record – up 120 families from 2011. So many people came to Hanna Boys Center that additional food was brought from FISH’s Food Closet to fill the needed baskets. The rain did not dampen spirits of those in need or of the volunteers.
Weeks of collecting and sorting canned goods, ordering fresh vegetables and eggs, packing boxes, and weekends of bell ringing to collect the needed financial support to provide these food baskets, are all part and parcel of the busy FISH calendar in November and December.
Although FISH is the organizer of the project, it is the individuals, civic organizations, schools, churches and service clubs that are essential to the success of the project.
We thank the entire community for their generosity and support of this special Sonoma tradition.
Happy New Year,