Food Baskets were provided to nearly 500 families in the western Douglas County area this Christmas thanks to the West O Chamber of Commerce. Jim Tomanek and Amy Dritley coordinated the project.
Food Basket Contents
Each basket contained a complete Christmas dinner. Along with nonperishable food, each basket received fresh fruit, a ham, turkey breast, five pounds of potatoes, dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Donations of nearly $20,000 were used to purchase the perishable food items.
Cash donations and nonperishable food items were donated from various sources including schools (Bennington, DC West, Elkhorn, and St. Patrick’s Catholic School), churches, including Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church, and Maple Ridge Village.
Approximately 100 volunteers participated in the effort and over 20 trucks transported the food from the packing sites at Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkhorn; and DC West Elementary School, Valley. The West O Chamber of Commerce recruited area business people to help collect, sort, pack and deliver food for the baskets.
On December 16th, the baskets were delivered to families in Elkhorn, Bennington, Valley, Waterloo, west Omaha, Yutan and Mead. All the leftover food was divided between the Dean Fricke Food Pantry in Omaha and the Western Douglas County Food Pantry at Peace Presbyterian Church, Elkhorn. The food will continue to serve families in western Douglas County for the next several months.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered or contributed to make this Food Basket Project a success.
Paul Dritley, the Elkhorn Hill United Methodist Church representative to COPE, coordinated our participation. Thanks, Paul!