Assembling Christmas Baskets Dec. 8 for delivery in Thurman were Gail Needham, Paula Hubert and Karma Smith.
Photo by Sally Feihel
ATHOL In an annual charitable tradition, about 50 Christmas Baskets were prepared Saturday Dec. 8 for delivery to various households in town — and the residents of Thurman truly stepped up to the challenge of filling them.
Assembled by a dozen or more local volunteers, the baskets were delivered to people who would be alone on the holidays, to local elderly, and to families who have been facing challenging circumstances.
Many residents dropped off such items as homemade baked goods and other savory edibles. A troop of Brownie Girl Scouts made cookies and brownies — very fitting indeed
Sheila Flanagan of Nettle Meadow Farm brought down some of her delicious chèvre, which added a fancy little touch to the baskets. Another resident made assorted mini-loaves of bread which were hot out the oven and had such a savory aroma.
One person donated gourmet tangerines and juice oranges obtained at Trader Joe’s.
The baskets, which included non-perishable food items as well, were topped off with crafts created by local third-grade students. The Warrensburg Elementary pupils fashioned wooden spoons into charming reindeer.
Those who chose not to bake, had prior obligations or could not be there, made monetary contributions.
The many volunteers included Susan Jennings, Gail Needham, Paula Hubert, Karma Smith, Sally Feihel, Cheryl Kenyon plus Judd and Lisa, and others.
Susan said volunteering to assemble the baskets had a special meaning for her and brought back good memories, as she recalls that when she was in her youth, her parents
Fred and Emily Martin were delivered a basket for several years.
I must say, one of the reasons why I love this small community so much is the way everyone gets together in a time of need.
The volunteers had a great time enjoying each other’s company while assembling these holiday baskets
To sign up for a family member or friend to receive a basket next year — or to receive one yourself, call Cheryl Kenyon at 623-9718.