The call went out from the Fundraising Committee to Library staff in early November to once again donate items for Thanksgiving baskets for the Foster Grandparents program.
“The Foster Grandparent Program is a nonprofit composed of low-income seniors who spend their weekdays at local schools and daycares. They provide a positive influence on the children that they work with, oftentimes being rewarded with flowers by their classrooms as a “thank you” for doing such a good job. These are not just normal volunteers. These people want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They understand that some of these children do not have a role model at home, and these grandparents are there for them. One of the biggest rewards these volunteers receive is just being called “Grandma” and “Grandpa.” To someone who may not have grandchildren, this might just be the catalyst for them to keep helping out.” (Quote from the donation letter)
The standard basket list:
|Item description||Number needed|
|8 – 10 lb. Turkey||3|
|5 lb. Bag of potatoes||3|
|Box of Dressing||3|
|Can of Corn||6|
|Can of Green Beans||6|
|Packet of Gravy||6|
|Can of Cranberry Sauce||3|
|Package of Rolls or loaf of Bread||3|
|Jell-O Cheesecake Mix||3|
Other items and cash were accepted as well. Our original goal was 3 baskets; however, we were able to fill and deliver 5 ! Included in the baskets were the baskets, turkey, rolls, potatoes, boxed dressing, green beans, corn, peas, cranberry sauce, carrots, gravy packets (turkey and Brown), cheese cake, sweet potatoes, pie crust, pumpkin, marshmallows, Swiss Miss, rice, mac & cheese, candy, and a tablecloth.