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Volunteers in Burbank deliver more than 500 holiday baskets

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Volunteers lined up to get information on holiday basket deliveries at Washington Elementary in Burbank December 13, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Volunteers lined up to get information on holiday basket deliveries at Washington Elementary in Burbank December 13, 2014

Hundreds of Burbank area families are enjoying a little extra holiday cheer thanks to the efforts of the annual Holiday Basket Program. It’s a huge effort that targets families with children in Burbank schools. For more than 60 years, the Burbank Coordinating Council  has partnered with local churches, organizations, city employees, community groups and individuals to make the holidays a little merrier for the less fortunate.

This year’s program began several months ago, with applications from the families and culminated on Saturday, December 13 with the delivery of the baskets.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Janet Diel, Burbank Coordinating Council president and Holiday Basket Committee co-chair, was the point person at Washington Elementary School in Burbank December 13, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Janet Diel, Burbank Coordinating Council president and Holiday Basket Committee co-chair, was the point person at Washington Elementary School in Burbank December 13, 2014

In an e-mail today, Janet Diel, the point person for the program and the BCC, said “… about 2,500 participate in preparation of baskets from collecting or donating foods or gifts, to sorting and bagging foods, sorting foods and packing bags of foods, building baskets, moving and staging the baskets in the lunch shelter (Washington Elementary School), and the final delivery of baskets too.”

Diel says the program is a success due to many generous individuals “…  Remember that each person who donated either a dollar, or toy or piece of food was a contributor to the project too. We got food from some we thought couldn’t afford it themselves. And, we got tears and hugs from lots of families yesterday as drivers came back with their stories.”

Photo:FLLewis / Media City G -- A group of Burbank firefighters checked the name and address of a holiday basket order at Washington Elementary December 13, 2014

Photo:FLLewis / Media City G — A group of Burbank firefighters checked the name and address of a holiday basket order at Washington Elementary December 13, 2014

Among the delivery volunteers, Burbank Police and Fire Department personnel, City Manager, Mark Scott and Bob Kramer, community assistance coordinator.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager Mark Scott and Community Assistance Coordinator, Bob Kramer pitched in to help deliver holiday baskets December 13, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Burbank City Manager Mark Scott and Community Assistance Coordinator, Bob Kramer pitched in to help deliver holiday baskets December 13, 2014

And, Burbank Traffic Commissioner, Kevin Harrop, was one of the volunteers, too.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Traffic Commissioner Kevin Harrop called a family to let them know their holiday basket was on the way December 13, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Burbank Traffic Commissioner Kevin Harrop called a family to let them know their holiday basket was on the way December 13, 2014

There were a number of young, enthusiastic volunteers like Rachel Hendrickson who’s a 26 year-old graphic designer.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Holiday Basket Program volunteer Rachel Hendrickson at Washington Elementary December 13, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Holiday Basket Program volunteer Rachel Hendrickson at Washington Elementary December 13, 2014

Hendrickson says she’s been involved with the program since the age of “7 or 8.” She says it was great fun as a kid and that is still the case now that she’s an adult. Also, the Long Beach resident says it’s “important to give back” and this program helps do that in a big way.

More than 500 holiday baskets got delivered. Diel says there are still  “another dozen or so families to finalize, ” and the organizers are pushing to get that done in the next few days.

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One Response to Volunteers in Burbank deliver more than 500 holiday baskets

  1. janet diel Monday, December 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    it was a great effort by all…..thank you to the Burbank community for helping your own.

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