CHRISTMAS BASKET DELIVERY
TUALATIN VALLEY #2780
ANNUAL BASKET DELIVERY
The Lodge has been delivering Christmas Basket to financially challenged families in our community since it was chartered. Annually We acquire names of families in our area from the clearing bureaus of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.
Our members contribute money, food and their time to make this one of our major charitable activities of the year. Each year most of the toys are provided by the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue dept.. It is notable that the "baskets" provided by this Lodge are "humongous" in size, containing, canned food, fresh vegetables and fruit, bread and stuffing, a frozen turkey and toys for all children. The "baskets" are sized to meet the size of the family and the toys are selected to meet gender and ages of the children. We believe these are the finest and most comprehensive baskets delivered by any organization in the area.
On the Saturday immediately preceding Christmas members gather at the Lodge to fill the "baskets" and deliver them to the families. Typically, over 100 members and friends gather to make this event a success. Drivers, using their own vehicles, often make three or four trips to accomplish all of the deliveries.
After completion of the project the Christmas Basket Committee hosts luncheon and refreshments for all participants.
WE DISTRIBUTED BASKETS TO 125 HOUSEHOLDS COMPRISING 217 ADULTS, AND 364 CHILDREN, FOR A TOTAL OF 581 TOTAL PEOPLE. THE AREAS COVERED WERE TIGARD, TUALATIN, WEST LINN AND LAKE OSWEGO.
WE DELIVERED $6,200 IN FOOD, $12,000 IN TOYS, PROVIDED BY TUALATIN FIRE AND RESCUE. WE HAD 640 HOURS OF DONATED TIME AND 950 MILES DRIVEN BY MEMBERS.
THE TOTAL VALUE OF OUR EFFORTS AMOUNTS TO $22,000.
WE THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR DONATIONS TO OUR PROGRAM;
KING CITY GROCERY OUTLET FOOD
LAKE OSWEGO FIRE DEPARTMENT AND LIBRARY FOR THE TOYS
ELKS MEMBERS WITH GIFTS, FOOD AND CASH CONTRIBUTIONS
THIS PROGRAM, ADMINISTERED BY THE TUALATIN VALLEY PAST EXALTED RULERS USES FUNDS DONATED TO OUR CHRISTMAS BASKET CHARITY ACCOUNT, DONATIONS OF FOOD AND VEGETABLES BY OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, AND THE VERY VALUABLE TIME AND EFFORT OF OUR MEMBERS.