The cold, icky, icy weather always seems to make an appearance the weekend before Christmas. Unfortunately for Crew 91 and other community volunteers the weekend before Christmas means facing all the beautiful elements thrown our way. But no amount of sleet, snow and ice could keep us away on our favorite weekend of the year. The annual Chillicothe Community Christmas Baskets are put together and delivered on the Saturday before Christmas.
This year a total of 107 families were provided with food baskets for Christmas. The community donates canned food and other non-perishable food items, brings them to the high school and assembles Christmas baskets for those who need them most. From Kroger Grocery every family receives butter, crackers, potatoes, oranges and apples, carrots and a bag of candy for each child.
We helped assemble cardboard boxes donated by Tanner’s Orchard, bagged potatoes into smaller bags, organized all the baskets into an easy delivery system and carried Christmas gifts to cars. Believe it or not, boxes of canned food can be a little heavy. Thanks to Kroger Grocery we were able to use grocery carts to push all the Christmas baskets to the recipients’ cars instead of treading across ice and falling snow.
At the end of the day there is nothing truly more wonderful than giving to others at the most important time of the year. It may have been a little chilly and the ground may have been slushy but the smiles and ‘thank yous’ and the wishes of ‘Merry Christmas’ make the bitter air and frozen fingers seem insignificant. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
Venture Crew 91