This Christmas, the Humboldt and District Kinettes distributed 114 Christmas hampers for their 2015 Christmas Cheer Campaign for families in need in the Humboldt area.
Susan Young with the Humboldt and District Kinettes says that the list of donors is too long to even think about. They had a lot, she says.
From monetary donations to food and toy donations to giving of their time to create and distribute the hampers, they had a lot of people giving to their campaign, says Young.
“Just a lot of community support,” says Young.
And it was a lot of work.
The Kinettes, along with volunteers from all over the community, dedicated many hours putting the hampers together on Dec. 17-18.
Karen MacCarville from PARTNERS says that she works with a lot of clients who need a hand this time of year.
“We’re here because we care. Simply put.”
MacCarville says she challenges other folks to come out next year to help the Kinettes get the baskets together.
MacCarville helped distribute the toys, clothing, blankets and winter gear in the baskets for the kids to add a little bit of joy to their holiday.
“We want to make them smile on Christmas Day.”
Half of the baskets were delivered to families in need on Dec. 20 and that took a lot of volunteer hours as well from husbands and children of the Kinettes as well as other volunteers.
Delivery day started at 8:30 with picking up the perishable food for the hampers, sorting it and starting delivery at noon. Everything was going to be out of the old Quality Tire building by 2:30 pm says Young.
Young says she and the Kinettes are very grateful for the community support, whether it be donations of money or items or just the donation of time.
For their campaign, 25 families were adopted, meaning that someone made a hamper to a specific family. The rest of the monetary donations came in forms of cash, which went to other hampers that the Kinettes put together themselves.
Hampers featured food for Christmas breakfast and dinner; as well as other food items to stock their pantries, toiletries, and toys and clothing for children in the house.