Community Thanks: Meadow Vista club has wonderful holiday

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On Saturday, December 19, 2009, the Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club distributed food baskets to 97 families (approx. 375 people) and Angel Gifts to children throughout the Meadow Vista, Clipper Gap, Applegate, Weimar and Christian Valley communities. The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club was assisted by 40 volunteers from the Meadow Vista Lions Club lead by Steve Stefani, 4-H Club, local Boy & Girl Scouts and the Meadow Vista True Value Hardware and their fork lift operated by Mark Barbier. The holiday food basket program began in September with the KCRA can food program at Weimar Hills and Sierra Hills Schools where more than 8,000 cans of non-perishable food goods were collected. Other collection stations were at the Meadow Vista Wells Fargo Bank, Café Vista, the fire stations at Placer Hills, Weimar Hills and Applegate, and Meadow Vista Curves, Garden Club membership and Meadow Vista Lions Club. Fresh produce such as apples, bananas, carrots and celery, dozens of eggs, bread, turkeys, chickens; staples such as sugar, baking mix, pasta, can goods, and cereal were also donated by local merchants. An unidentified benefactor donated 75 hams. The contributing merchants, local churches and businesses include: Walgreen’s, Save Mart, Grocery Outlet, The Auburn Dollar Store, Auburn Courthouse Coffee, Placer Hills United Methodist Church, elders from the Church of Latter-day Saints, Auburn Business Referral Network, Meadow Vista Café Vista and the Auburn Black & White Ball through the Auburn Salvation Army. Many thanks to the generosity of the local businesses and community neighbors who donated additional funds and goods to complete the Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club holiday basket program. It is truly gratifying to live in a community where generosity and caring for those in need is done selfishly. The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club extends a heartfelt thank you to all who made their program a success and warmed the hearts of those who were in need this holiday season. catherine williams, Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club