Loomis community keeps on giving

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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You did it. You helped fill the once-empty shelves of the Loomis Basin Food Pantry. However, there’s still more to do. Since the recent Loomis News story appealing for donations, an overwhelming number of locals have responded by filling, and refilling, the donation barrel at Blue Goose Produce. The response was “amazing,” said Betty Doupnik, co-director of the Food Pantry. “It was not only food, but cash donations as well. Now we won’t have to cut down to two bags,” she said. “We want to thank everyone for their generous donations.” The food items, all non-perishables, will be stored for use during the coming months. Cash makes it possible to stock the shelves when there are shortages of donations. The Loomis Basin Food Pantry gives out four bags of non-perishable food to individuals and families who find themselves in an emergency situation. Those in need from Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Granite Bay and Rocklin can visit the office at the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, at 6414 Brace Road, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s a year-round need fulfilled by the Food Pantry. The barrel is still at Blue Goose Produce, so continue to peruse your cupboard shelves, or pick up extras when shopping, and deliver donations to 3550 Taylor Road. Christmas is just around the corner and now it’s time to support the Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets, a separate, seasonal program that is also coordinated by the Doupniks. Last year, over 320 families, including 600 children, received fixings for a holiday meal. Families with kids also received toys for children and gifts for teenagers. Sherrie Doupnik, one of the many Doupnik family members who help collect, store and distribute donations of food and toys for the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program, expects a greater need by families this year. Donations of canned and non-perishable food, new toys and new gifts for teens, as well as cash or checks, can be delivered to Doupnik Manufacturing, 3237 Rippey Road, in Loomis, or mailed to the Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets, P.O. Box 687, Loomis. Toy and gift donations can also be delivered to the Loomis Fire station at the corner of Horseshoe Bar Road and Magnolia Street. Ideas for new items to go into the baskets include books, school and art supplies, batteries, sleeping bags, alarm clocks, skateboards, board games, wallets, tents, throw blankets, hand bags, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, back packs, baby dolls, hats, gloves and scarves, as well as diapers and other baby items. The Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program accepts applications from families living in Loomis, Penryn, Ophir, Newcastle and Rocklin. Applications are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Doupnik Manufacturing, If you’d like to get even more involved, assistance is needed to help sort cans and fill boxes from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Doupnik Manufacturing. Call 652-9291 if you need more information.