Parks project includes PW communities
Local community groups and residents generously donated to this year’s Pueblo West Parks and Recreation Thanksgiving basket project, ensuring that local families in need get a little extra help.
Each year, schools, community groups and members at large contribute to the project to collect food and money for the baskets.
Elementary schools held canned food drives, while community organizations and businesses donated money to purchase turkeys and other perishable grocery items.
“We’ve had people come in and give food or money. We had 16 turkeys donated (by the public),” said Parks and Recreation Director Carol Cosby.
“That is really cool.”
Pueblo West Woman’s League and the Pueblo West Rotary each donated $1,000. Knights of Columbus gave $650, and Swerdfeger Construction gave $250.
Walmart also gave a grant for $1,500.
Swallows Charter Academy who had not previously collected non-perishable food, joined in this year, and the large chunk of their donation came in the monetary form of $1,100.
At each local school, counselors or other head staff members make a list of potential families they feel might benefit from a Thanksgiving basket.
The schools contact the families, and then names and delivery locations are given to Pueblo West Parks and Rec to keep the process confidential.
Cosby said her staff was busy boxing up non-perishable items the week before Thanksgiving, and picked up all the perishable items on Friday.
Skyview Middle School allows Parks and Rec to use their coolers to store all the necessary items until they are picked up on the Monday morning prior to Thanksgiving and baskets are delivered.
“It was nice to have the community donate a lot of stuff,” Cosby said.
“This is always a great project.”
This year, the thanksgiving baskets include a turkey, potatoes, rolls, butter, milk and a pumpkin pie, along with an assortment of non-perishables including canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, rice, cereal and more.