By Conrad Dudderar
Volunteers will help distribute some 200 food baskets this Saturday in downtown Yukon.
It’s all part of Yukon Sharing Ministry’s 36th Annual Christmas Basket giveaway.
Yukon Sharing’s board members and other volunteers will give out the food-stuffed baskets between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 11 in this “drive-by” effort outside the Yukon Sharing office, 4 N Sixth (just south of Main Street).
The non-profit service agency distributes Christmas food baskets annually “for anyone who needs help during the holiday season,” director Missy King said.
“We will give them everything they could possibly need to prepare a meal. Larger families will receive a turkey and smaller families will get a good-sized bone-in ham.”
Each turkey will come with stuffing and cranberry sauce; each ham with beans and cornbread.
All recipients will get five cans of vegetables, a dozen eggs, gallon of milk, five pounds of potatoes, a dozen rolls, loaf of bread, and brownies for dessert.
“We’re also going to have toys here – some will be brand new, some will not,” King added. “They will be set up on table outside and people will be welcome to take.”
Christmas decorations, including a couple trees, also will be available.
Each Yukon Sharing Christmas Basket recipient has been assigned a time to stop by this Saturday to receive their holiday gifts.
“We’re going to do it like last year, where it’s a drive-through,” King noted. “We want to keep it as safe as we can.”
‘HUGE NEED’ IN YUKON
Yukon Sharing’s goal through its Christmas Basket drive is to reach as many people as possible who seek help.
“Obviously, we have a huge need in Yukon right now,” King said. “We’re just trying to get as many out there as we can.”
Yukon Sharing was founded in 1987 with a vision to offer everyone who can benefit a “hand up” – not a handout.
The organization provides clothing, food, household goods and other needed services. Recipients who live within the Yukon school district, including the 73099, 73085 and 73127 zip codes.
Yukon Sharing has relied on donations from individuals, civic groups, churches, and businesses to support its yuletide effort.
“We’re very grateful because people have been very generous this Christmas holiday season and donated nicely for us,” King shared. “We appreciate everything we’ve received.
“Yukon always comes through when there is a need.”
Meanwhile, Yukon Sharing participated for the first time this year in Yukon Public Schools’ annual winter snack drive organized by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.
Some 260 students will receive backpacks filled with snacks to enjoy over the holiday break.
Yukon Sharing is always seeking volunteers and welcomes any tax-deductible contribution. For more information, call (405) 354-9456.