Food baskets help those in need

One thousand pounds of turkey, 3,000 pounds of fresh food plus canned food will go to 100 Golden Valley families to provide hot holiday meals in Mohave County's largest food drive according to Debby O'Harra, food drive chairwoman.

The Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce is leading this year's food basket program.

"It is the easiest job in the world," O'Harra said.

"Everyone ones to help out in Golden Valley."

Sixteen years ago Arthur Simoneau, known as "Tut" and owner of King Tut's Market, joined with the Pistellors and Roses, a local reenactment group, to begin the holiday food program.

"Every group in the valley has taken a turn handling it during the years," she said.

A large portion of the food came through Valley Discount Grocery, Black Mountain Elementary School and Eagle Academy food drives.

St.

Mary's Church donated $500 and the VFW and American Legion gave $800, she said.

"The rest was small and large donations, a total valley supported effort," O'Harra said.

Chamber President Chris Crow said the drive is now a chamber function.

Last year the chamber drive provided baskets to 95 needy families.

Each family receives on food basket with foods like turkey, ham, rolls, potatoes, cranberries and oranges.

Baskets are filled to fit different size families.

Families with children will receive toys collected by the Friends of the Golden Valley Library.

Baskets were distributed Wednesday and Thursday before Christmas.

Needy families signed up in advance and were on their honor, Crowe said.