On Tuesday, December 22nd the Christmas spirit was shared with hundreds of families in our community. Over 350 boxes, each filled with a turkey or ham and enough food for about 4 meals, were given out from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the quilting building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF).
It was a busy two days for CDT board members and a large group of volunteers as thousands of pounds of food items were loaded, hauled, unloaded, sorted, organized and prepared for distribution. Preparations started months in advance, both at CDT and in the community and culminated in those two busy days prior to the Christmas holiday. A big highlight was the presentation of 100 turkeys, 100 hams, and a check for $800 from the Blackfoot Heritage 6th grade class. They had completed a two-week “Coins for Turkeys” fundraiser that brought in over $4,000. Many others in the community donated as well. Special recognition also goes to the Idaho Science & Technology Charter School. They were able to collect and donate over 2,000 canned goods for the food boxes.
We would like to thank all those who helped out in this monumental effort! Thanks to the students, teachers and administration from the different schools, the volunteers that gave so much of their time, the EISF administration and the businesses in our community that contributed food and resources to make this happen. Truly the meaning of Christmas was manifest in this effort.