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Delivering Christmas for 50 years

PRINCETON — Members of the Princeton Elks Lodge are getting ready for their annual Christmas Basket deliveries, which will be made Dec. 22.

Elks Trustee Chairman Larry Lucas said this is the 50th year for the deliveries.

“We started out with 12 bushel baskets,” he said. “It has gotten bigger and bigger.”

Today the project has grown to 120 baskets filled with food for the entire day of Christmas, plus three nice toys and stocking stuffers for each child, said Exalted Ruler Penny Best.

This year Mary Lanham, manager of the Western Bureau County Food Pantry, and Vanessa Hoffeditz, director of the Tri-Counties Opportunities Council food pantry in Princeton, collected names for the project.

“This just makes a world of difference,” Lanham said. “This may be the only thing some of these children get.”

Hoffeditz said having the food provided by the Elks takes some of the pressure off her organization.

“I don’t think there’s any way we could do the toys, and we couldn’t do as much food,” she said.

Emily Matthews, whose grandchildren received presents when her son was laid off from work, said the toys and food are definitely appreciated.

“Without getting these toys, the kids wouldn’t have gotten any presents,” she said.

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