Manawa fire trucks deliver Christmas baskets
By Jane Myhra
Three trucks and eight volunteers from the Manawa Rural Fire and Ambulance Department delivered Christmas cheer to over 65 area families.
“We are glad to provide this service to our community,” said Fire Chief Rob Rosenau. “It is a way we can help spread happiness during the Christmas season.”
The gifts and food baskets were prepared at the Manawa Masonic Center by the Manawa Area Community Food Pantry, with the help of local volunteers.
The food and gift items were provided through community donations, according to Jan Zimmerman, president of the MAC Food Pantry.
“It warms our hearts that we are able to provide these foods and gifts during this season of giving,” Zimmerman said. “I can’t express enough appreciation for all of the community support.”
“We have seen more of a need this year than last year,” she said.
The Christmas Basket Project was started about 18 years ago by area resident Barb Baumgartner, who is still key to the program’s success.
“She dedicates her time during the holiday season to make sure area families have what they need,” Zimmerman said of Baumgartner.
About 32 volunteers and 13 high school students helped to sort and organize the food and gift items prior to the delivery date.
The Manawa Masonic Center donated the use of its facility, plus coffee and fruit cake, for the project.
The MAC Food Pantry serves families residing in the Manawa School District. For more information, leave a message at 920-596-3744.