Hundreds of volunteers from the Cherry Creek School District and the Cherry Creek Schools community donated and packed thousands of pounds of food to make this Thanksgiving just a little nicer for people in need. More than 200 families received laundry baskets filled with food and non-food items and a $15 King Soopers gift certificate, as part of the 2013 SHARE Basket Project.
The project began in 1988 at Smoky Hill High School. Since then, SHARE has provided food to nearly 6,000 needy families for Thanksgiving and beyond.
Volunteer Karen Hemmes got involved 21 years ago when her three daughters attended Smoky Hill High School.
“After they graduated I couldn’t stop because it kicks off the holidays for me,” said Hemmes as she loaded up several baskets during the packing session on Nov. 22 in the Student Achievement Resource Center of the Cherry Creek School District.
Employees from companies including Southwest Airlines and Kaiser Permanente helped fill and deliver the baskets.
“I like to feel like I’m helping someone,” said Kaiser employee Dina Martinez. “I enjoy the interaction with others.”
The SHARE baskets were distributed through SafeHouse Battered Women's Shelter, Developmental Pathways, the Denver Indian Family Resource Center, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the outpatient cancer clinic at University Hospital, the National Kidney Foundation, local houses of worship and families with children at Endeavor Academy.
Posted November 25, 2013.