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Donate for needy, local families

Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program needs toys, gifts, food
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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LOOMIS BASIN CHRISTMAS BASKET PROGRAM

Benefits: Families in Loomis, Rocklin, Penryn, Newcastle and Ophir

Donate: Non-perishable food, children and teen toys, gift cards

Checks: Mail to P.O. Box 687, Loomis, CA 95650, Make payable to Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program

Drop off: Loomis Chamber of Commerce, Loomis Fire Station, Blue Goose Produce, The Loomis News, Penryn Fire District and Newcastle Fire stations

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 7

Applications: Doupnik Manufacturing, Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce, and The Loomis News

Volunteer: Fill food boxes from 8 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at Doupnik Manufacturing, 3237 Rippey Road

Information: Email jendoupnik@gmail.com

Nearly 600 children in the Loomis, Rocklin, Penryn, Newcastle and Ophir areas will receive toys and gifts from the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program this year, but only if donations are received soon. 

The children will receive toys and gifts and their families will receive a box of food. Collections are going on now to ensure that happens.

Jennifer Doupnik, whose family began the program 11 years ago, said, “All age groups are in need of donations, but the age group needing the most donations is the teen age group.”

She said teens like receiving throw blankets, CD players, sleeping bags, alarm clocks, ear buds, personal hygiene products, sports equipment, jackets, iTune cards, gift cards and new and gently used teen books.

Younger children appreciate toys, board games, Lego’s, art supplies, craft kits, skateboards, razor scooters and new and gently used books.

Doupnik said non-perishable food donations, such as canned meats, rice, potatoes, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, stuffing, gravy, boxed meals, canned fruits/vegetables and cereal will be received by needy families.

The fire departments in Loomis, Newcastle and Penryn will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the program through Friday, Dec. 7.

Tax deductable donations checks, made out Make to Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets can either be mailed or dropped off.

Volunteers can help fill food boxes from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at Doupnik Manufacturing, 3237 Rippey Road.

Families in need can pick up an application form for the program at Doupnik Manufacturing, the Chamber of Commerce or the Loomis News