Hundreds of families receive KNOW baskets

Almost 300 families in need received deliveries of food baskets and wrapped gifts from the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s Keizer Network of Women (KNOW), on Saturday morning, Dec. 9.

Dozens of cars lined up to load boxes and gifts at the Chamber’s Santa Central—LIons Club Auditorium —on Cherry Ave. NE in Keizer. Nearly 100 volunteers helped KNOW sort food for boxes and to wrap gifts for children and teens, earlier this week.

At 9 a.m. Saturday morning, people volunteering to deliver the boxes and baskets, started lining up in their vehicles. KNOW’s Christmas Giving Basket has been an annual project for more than 10 years.

Vehicles lined up early to get loaded with food and gift boxes at the Keizer Lions Club Auditorium.
Boxes of food wait to be loaded in vehicles of volunteer deliverers.
Mike Adams (behind boxes of ham), of Adams Ribs Smoke House, volunteers.
Jamie Eck (blue hat) waits for her vehicle to be loaded. This was Ms. Eck’s fourth year volunteering for the Gifting Basket project.
Gina Cepeda (left) and Tasha Cripe (center) make a delivery to Anabel Rodriguez and her four children (who were still asleep).
Marelyn Felix (left) and Maria Manzo (right) Oregon Community Credit Union volunteers delivered to Yazman Chavez and 8 month old daughter Leah;; son, Elilel was still asleep.
John Humiston receives food and gift boxes from (from left) Heather Matthews (a Giving Basket veteran), Carolyn Van Dyke and Aubry Anderson.