Plans for the 2014 Christmas Food Box program have been put into motion.
Persons wishing to pick up a box of food plus gifts of toys and books for children 12 years of age or under need to sign up, either in Orland or in Hamilton City, and be assigned a box number.
Signups in Orland, at First Lutheran Church, 19 Colusa Street, will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 3, through Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Signups in Hamilton City, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Los Robles & 4th Street, will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 3, and Wednesday December 4, 2013.
A limit of 500 numbers will be issued, and individual, numbered boxes will be prepared for the specific numbers of persons in that household. Each box will include a ham or turkey, and loaves of bread and other bakery items will be provided. Persons must present the ticket showing the box number to receive the box prepared specifically for them.
Boxes must be picked up at the Parish Hall of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church on “A” Street in Orland between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Friday, December 20, 2013.
Food drives are being scheduled at most of the local schools to collect canned or other non-perishable foods for the boxes. (Last year about 5 tons of food came in through these drives.) In addition, several local businesses donate, or provided to us at reduced costs items like rice, beans, potatoes, hams and turkeys, to help make these boxes the source of several holiday meals. The toys are being provided by Orland Rotary, and the books are being provided by the Friends of the Orland Free Library. The books will include a personalized bookmark with the name of the child on it.
Volunteers and members of the Orland Pantry Board of Directors will be working at the Parish Hall from Monday, December 16, though Thursday, December 19, 2013, to set up the room, receive the food donations, sort and date-check food items, and fill the boxes with amounts of each item appropriate to the family size.
A letter soliciting funds to enable us to purchase items that are not donated directly will be sent out to local businesses, churches and individuals in November.
We are grateful to all of those who have supported this program over the years.