BACK BAY — Members of the Creeds Ruritan Club gathered with family and friends at the charitable organization’s rural community complex on Friday, Dec. 14.
They would be delivered the following morning, everything ranging from turkeys to canned and fresh produce, all carefully sorted into large boxes for specific families, unnamed in the room, identified only by cards listing the number of adults and children, even diet and whether someone in the home is able to cook.
The annual food basket drive, a tradition for years, collects donations from a wide range of local organizations and individuals, including local farmers. Many of those sorting the donations, too, arrived as families, with members young and old pitching in throughout the evening.
“I love it,” said Reagan Vaughan, a 16-year-old junior at Kellam High School. “It’s a great way to give to the community, and it’s fulfilling to give back to people in need for the holiday season.”
Kurt Fuge of the Creeds Ruritan Club served as chairperson of the drive, which benefitted 29 local families, 107 people in all. The families are referred to the service organization by schools, congregations and the wider community.
In an email, Fuge noted that the goal is to provide at least two weeks of food per family, and that the drive benefits from other organizations and citizens who donate food, as well as money to buy food.
During an interview amid the bustle at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex, Fuge said that community support matters.
“It’s a team effort to give back to the community, to those in need,” he said. “It’s really nice to see the community come together with donations of canned goods and money and time. It’s amazing, really.”
“Help families in need, community service,” said Robbie Vaughan, president of the organization. “That’s what the Ruritans are about.”
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