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Students have learned the art of giving

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By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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It’s the season of sharing – the time of year for those with an inclination to open their hearts, and wallets if they have the ability, to help those a little less fortunate. Students in the Loomis Union School District have again shown their compassion by participating in the KCRA 3 Kids Can food drive. Last week, the Doupnik family, coordinators of the Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets program, picked up boxes of food donated by the elementary students and their families. Members of John A. Stacker American Legion, Post No. 775, were there to load up the donations in their pick-up trucks. The Legionnaires have also made a cash donation of $350 to the program. The 134 boxes were delivered to the Doupnik Manufacturing warehouse on Rippey Road, where the food items will be combined with ham, other staples and toys for youngsters, for distribution before Christmas. Sherri Edgar said more than 10,700 food items were donated by Placer, Loomis, Franklin, H. Clarke Powers and Loomis Basin Charter students. Sixth-grader Wyatt Neuman, 11, was the organizer of the food drive at Placer Elementary School. Wyatt learned a valuable lesson during the canned-food drive: “Procrastination is a bad thing and helping the needy is a good thing,” he said. He had help from Natalie Walsh, also a sixth-grader at Placer. Natalie is now savvy on how to organize a food drive. “I learned how to contact KCRA 3 and the food closet, and coordinate with the classes at school,” she said. The Doupniks have been organizing the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program since 2002. In the past, the program provided Christmas baskets to families in Loomis, Penryn and Rocklin. This year it has grown to include those in need from Ophir and Newcastle. Make a donation now so that the Doupniks know how much cash they’ll have to purchase hams, other fresh food, and toys for the Christmas baskets. Mail checks to Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets, PO Box 678, Loomis, CA 95650. Remember Wyatt’s wise words: “Procrastination is a bad thing.”