Members of the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) have finalized plans for their 64th annual Christmas Basket Program.
“Last year we had to adapt to the situation that we were dealing with by significantly changing how we handled our Christmas Basket Program, but the community really stepped up to meet our challenges and make our program successful once again,” said Firefighter Chris Sherer.
This year, the volunteers will again be collecting canned goods, such as vegetables, soup, tuna and baby food, and other non-perishable items from the community. The food drive will begin as usual with collection tubs being placed in the Hillsboro schools after Thanksgiving.
“We have always been able to count on our schools to make our program as successful as it has been, so we’re very excited to involve them again this year.” Sherer added.
In addition, firefighters will set up at Imagine Hillsboro’s Christmas festival on Saturday, Dec. 4, to accept donations. Finally, the fire whistle will be sounded at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, to signal the volunteers going out into the community collecting food donations from areas homes with their front porch lights on.
Those wishing to contribute financially to the Christmas Basket Program may do so by making their checks payable to “HVFD Christmas Basket Program” and either mailing them to the Hillsboro Fire Department, 101 South Broad Street, Hillsboro, IL 62049, by dropping them off in the night deposit slot at Hillsboro City Hall or giving them to any Hillsboro firefighter.
Applications for the Christmas Basket Program will be available at the Hillsboro Fire Department beginning on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25. Residents of the Hillsboro Fire Department service area, which includes Hillsboro, Schram City and Butler are welcome to apply. Applications must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 10, either by mailing them to the fire department or dropping them off at Hillsboro City Hall in the night deposit slot. The food baskets will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 18.
Through last year’s Christmas Program Basket, the volunteers were able to spread holiday cheer with over 150 food baskets for approximately 270 people, including over 80 children. The program typically benefits more than 135 area families each year.
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