The Weed Community Christmas Basket program had another successful year, providing 101 Christmas dinners to area families in need.
 A visit to Grace Presbyterian Church last Friday morning found a group of dedicated volunteers busy filling the empty boxes, which were lined up on folding tables in the church rec room.
“We feel blessed, given the way the economy is,” said Evelyn Smith who along with Martin Nicholas has helped coordinate the event for many years. 
Smith said the program was made possible by all of the churches and private families and individuals who have made donations. She thanked the Great Northern Food Bank and Ray’s Food Place for their generous contributions.
Also lending a big hand this holiday season was the Weed High Leadership class, which organized a school-wide canned food drive to assist the program.
This year the student body raised 682 canned food items over the course of two weeks, beginning their efforts on Nov. 30.
The Leadership students, directed by ASB president Amanda Greene, decorated the containers that held the donations, made posters to advertise the event, organized a school-wide contest for spirit points and brought donations of their own.
The freshman class raised the most cans with 312 donations, earning 50 spirit points. The junior class came in second, followed by the sophomores and seniors.
Even though it was wall to wall boxes, Smith noted that this year’s number is down from last, when they had over 200 boxes to distribute.
“We’ve given away as many as 325 boxes in the past,” said Smith, blaming the current economic recession for the hampered donations.
Despite this, she expressed her gratitude for the many donations they did receive. “We feel blessed, given the way the economy is,” she added.
Included in each box, said Smith, was a fully nutritious meal created to feed an entire family.
In addition to Dorothy Dixon, Gerry  Watson, Cody Kennedy, Jackie Caillier, Jim Howe, Martin Nicholas, Marry Mazzoni, David Riley and Rose Winkelman, who were volunteering last Friday morning, Smith extended her thanks to all the others who helped, including Jay and Faye Miller, Peggy Williams, Nathan Glover,  Carlos and Kathy Valdez, George Winkelman and Bobbe Washington.