Volunteers needed for Father’s Day basket giveaway

June 14, 2013 • Local News

The Community Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers to help put together gift baskets for the annual Father’s Day Special Food Basket Giveaway.

Program coordinator Johnny Gonzales said some 150-200 elderly and younger fathers will be gifted the baskets full of canned goods and other prizes as part of the program’s outreach this year.

The goods are collected from Lawrence Brothers, Farmers Market and other clubs and organizations [auth] that donate items for the cause, he said. The organization is also seeking monetary donations to help pay for T-shirts for the oldest and youngest fathers as part of the celebration, Gonzales said.

“Some kids are only 16 or 17 years old,” he said. “We do need money for those.”

Gonzales said he hopes to get young and older folks involved in the basket assembly as part of the program.

“We want to get everybody involved,” he said. “Young fathers need to be involved with their kids, such as passing out (soda) and passing out bread as a family. It encourages them to be a family.”

Ted Allen, fatherhood program coordinator of Counseling Associated, Inc., said his organization supports the effort. Counseling Associates has a fatherhood program for fathers 14-24 years old to assist them “to be the best dad they can be,” Allen said.

Allen is hoping to get fathers from his program to help out with basket preparation.

“We want to support fathers wanting to be responsible,” Allen said. “The need to do it for the good of the kids.”

The baskets will be assembled starting at 8 a.m. Sunday. To volunteer, call Gonzales at 624-7579.

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