Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

November 21, 2013

Basket plans ready for next holiday

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Even with the timing on the calendar putting a damper on a Pauls Valley food pantry’s annual basket drive for Thanksgiving, plans are already on the go for the next holiday.

This year’s late date for the Thanksgiving holiday wound up convincing volunteers with the Pauls Valley Samaritans to call off an annual food basket drive and instead focus on an upcoming Christmas campaign.

That Christmas drive actually gets going soon as those interested in receiving a basket may put their request in writing starting Monday, Dec. 2.

The sign-up period for the baskets is scheduled to continue daily throughout that one week, said Lou Hall of the Samaritans.

“This is when we’re going to take applications for our Christmas baskets,” Hall said.

“If they’re eligible all they have to do is just come by the chamber of commerce and sign up.”

Those asking for a holiday basket will also need to bring a copy of a utility statement from their Pauls Valley residence.

According to Hall, applications will close after the one week period so the food requested for the baskets can be ordered.

All the sign-ups are at the offices of the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce located at 112 East Paul near the local train depot area.

Times for Samaritan Christmas basket sign-ups are:

• Monday, Dec. 2 - 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3 - 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 - 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 5 - 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 6 - 1 to 5 p.m.

Samaritan volunteers announced last month the annual basket drive for Thanksgiving wouldn’t be held because of the time limitations between it and the upcoming Christmas holiday.

This year’s Thanksgiving Day comes on Nov. 28, which is the fourth Thursday of the month.

That compares to years past when the holiday fell on the third Thursday of November.

With less time in between the holidays the Samaritan board chose not to make any Thanksgiving basket deliveries this year.

Instead the focus will be on stocking up shelves in preparation for the Christmas drive that provides food for low income families here in PV.