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Over 200 volunteers box baskets for families in need

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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How long does it take to sort and box thousands of cans and packages of food? Not long, when over 200 volunteers dig in to get the job done, as they did Saturday morning at the Doupnik Manufacturing warehouse. All the effort was to get ready for over 400 families in need from Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Ophir and Rocklin who picked up their Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets on Sunday morning. Community spirit was high Saturday as individuals, families, and members of clubs and service groups followed instructions from Sherrie Doupnik Edgar and other Doupnik family members as they separated cans before filling 400 boxes – which included all the fixings for a holiday ham dinner. Del Oro High School students Ciara Clement, a senior, and Marinda Bailey were among leadership class volunteers. Ciara said she has been helping with the food basket sorting since she was a sophomore. “It’s nice that we get to give back to the community,” Ciara said. “They do a lot for our school. This was the first year of volunteering for Joel Shaffer, a Del Oro senior representing CSF students who said basket program sorting sounded like a good way to do his part. “The community is so generous” to the school, he said. Susan Kotelnicki, a 26-year Loomis resident, said she has contributed food for the baskets in the past, but this was her first year to work on the sorting. “I wanted to be part of something to help the community,” she said. Edgar said many of the 400 families have larger families and received a second box of food. And children of all ages were given toys and gifts. Boxes were also prepared for 46 seniors. Edgar thanked donors and the excellent turnout of volunteers, considering the stormy weather conditions. “Everyone was just so generous with time and donations,” Edgar said. “Raley’s contributions were tremendous to our food donations this