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Community Thanks: Meadow Vista Christmas Basket Program successful

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Before the glow of the holiday Season fades, the Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club would like to thank its community for helping support the Club's 2010 Christmas Basket Program. Thank you Placer Hills School for providing a storage and sorting room, and Sierra Hills School for providing the facility used to box up and distribute food baskets, shoe coupons for teens, Holiday Market Gift Certificates for seniors, and Angel Gifts for children on Saturday, December 18, 2010 (95 families, with more than 125 children). The recipients who needed a "helping hand" this year were from Meadow Vista, Applegate, Weimar, Clipper Gap and Christian Valley. Each year, starting in September with the KCRA Kids Can Food Program, the Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club's Christmas Basket Program grows with donations of non-perishable canned foods from students attending both Sierra Hills Elementary School and Weimar Middle School. Other local collection stations of both canned goods and cash were located in Wells Fargo Bank, Cafe Vista, Meadow Vista Curves, Placer Hills United Methodist Church, Placer Hills Fire stations, and numerous local businesses. Fresh produce, turkeys, and miscellaneous staples were purchased with monetary donations, as well as from funds raised during the Club's annual fund raising events. Once again this year we were very grateful for an anonymous Santa donating 75 canned hams. Special thanks go out to the many local churches, organizations, businesses, and community members who not only donated food and money, but to all those who volunteered their time, energy and expertise in helping make the Christmas Basket Program a great success (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Elders from The Church of Latter Day Saints, Meadow Vista Hardware, Meadow Vista Garden Club, Meadow Vista Grange, Meadow Vista Lions Club, Auburn Rotary Club, Placer Hills United Methodist Church Women’s Agape Fellowship, and "Secret Santas". A real special thank you to Steve and Barbara Stefani for helping coordinate the food distribution process. Meadow Vista is a very special place in which to live, where the generosity and caring of the community is done selflessly. The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club extends a heartfelt "Thank You" to all who helped make their program a tremendous success, and warmed the hearts of so many families who were in need this holiday season. - Thank you from Catherine Williams, Publicity Chair and All Members of The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club