On Thursday, the Senior Committee of Weed handed out gift boxes to local families in need of a nutritious Christmas dinner at the Grace Presbyterian Church. It is a community legacy that lives on through dedicated volunteers and community support. Families were already standing in line before the doors opened to receive their Weed Christmas Basket Giveaway.
Recipients register prior to the day of the giveaway and are given cards to present at the door with no cost to them.
Even in this economic crisis in Siskiyou County, director Evelyn Smith, who has been handing out baskets since near the beginning, says that they will feed more than 200 families this year, twice as much as 2007.
The boxes included a complete nutritious dinner consisting of: eggs, potatoes, flour, sugar, celery, stuffing, cereal, canned goods and even a frozen turkey.
Donations have slowly upgraded over the years from a chicken and a few vegetables to what they have today.
Smith would like to take  time to thanks local businesses, organizations, FEMA, churches and the Great Northern Corporation.
Weed High Shool contributed by holding their annual canned food drive and had athletes on hand to carry out baskets to patrons cars.
The program started in the mid-1970s  by Grace Ragsdale, who owned Weed’s first thrift store, in order to make sure nobody, despite beliefs, should go hungry on Christmas.