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Baskets filled with cheer

Christmas program helps more than 330 families
By: Martha Garcia/Loomis News Editor
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Over 330 families from Loomis and Penryn, and from Rocklin to Newcastle, will have a good Christmas meal and extra toys for kids, thanks to the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program. Since November, Doupnik Manufacturing in Loomis has been filling its warehouse, normally used to store building materials, with food donations collected by local school children and others in the community. According to Doupnik Manufacturing’s Sherrie Edgar, 350 people gathered at 7:30 a.m. Saturday to sort and assemble boxes of food. The hands of many volunteers, from toddlers to 80-year-olds, completed the assembly by 11 a.m. Mike Bride, of Granite Bay, and his children — Logan, 13, and Kylie, 15 — were among Saturday’s volunteers. “It feels good just knowing that you are helping people less fortunate,” said Kylie. Logan said this is his family’s second year as volunteers. “The people are really nice,” he said. Donna Silva, a Del Oro High School counselor’s secretary, has been volunteering for six years. She was among those assisting families who came to the Rippey Road warehouse Sunday morning to pick up their baskets and toys. “It makes me feel good to be able to give. I feel fortunate that I can be giving rather than receiving. This is an amazing group of people,” Silva said. Edgar is grateful for the community’s efforts. While many people are hurting economically, she found donations to have surpassed last years total. “People in the Loomis Basin are overly generous,” she said. Edgar also offered a “big thank you” to those who delivered toys to the Fire Station collection site to make it an overwhelmingly successful toy drive. To see additional photos, visit Theloomisnews.com.