A community effort

Applications are now available for Arcata Presbyterian Church’s annual Christmas basket distribution.

Families with children in Arcata, Manila, Samoa, Blue Lake and Bayside may apply for one of the baskets.

“There are families in our community who struggle to provide for their necessities, whose Christmas celebration would be meager,” said the Rev. Dan Link. “With the help of our generous and caring community, we are able to reach out to these families in love and bring some joy into their homes. We are excited to coordinate and facilitate this annual community effort, which has been a tradition at the Presbyterian Church for over 50 years.”

Arcata Presbyterian Church will be accepting applications for its Christmas basket distribution program. (Heather Shelton — The Times-Standard)

To sign up, people must appear in person and bring a picture ID and proof of residence, such as a water or garbage bill. Sign-ups will take place at the church at 11th and G streets Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon and Nov. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Christmas baskets need to be picked up in person on Dec. 22 between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. at the Arcata Presbyterian Church. Each basket will include a turkey, fresh vegetables, canned and dried foods and toys for children under age 18.

“There is such a great need in this area for families with children (of) any age,” said church secretary Joanna Welch. “In fact, we work on getting gifts for teenagers. Local schools are now collecting canned goods and we get a lot of items donated from the community.”

For more information about the church’s Christmas basket program, call Welch at 707-822-1321.


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