The Grand County Sheriff's Department is hosting its third annual food drive for Mountain Family Center's Holiday Project on Nov. 9-10 at City Market in Granby. The dedication of the sheriff's department and generosity of community members have made this food drive successful in the past. In 2011, more than three tons of food and $2,700 in grocery cards were donated, enabling Mountain Family Center to fill the shelves at the center's two food pantries, and to provide 100 Thanksgiving baskets and 100 Christmas meals to families in Grand County.
As the Mountain Family Center kicks off two holiday projects, the sheriff's department demonstrates its commitment to caring about community through this important food drive, helping the Center to reach one of its goals: "Ensuring every family in need has access to the food they need to prepare Traditional Holiday Meals."
Holiday gift drive
In addition to ensuring access to food during the holiday season, Mountain Family Center also hosts a Christmas project to provide gifts to children in Grand County. The center's staff matches each child's "wish list" with that of an anonymous sponsor who has volunteered to purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts to a designated drop-off location. While this project is able to fulfill the wishes of many children in Grand County, it cannot support every family in need of assistance. Fortunately, the center benefits from a number of toy drives that enable families without sponsors to select gifts for their children. With the growing need in Grand County, Mountain Family Center will work to collaborate with other organizations that host holiday projects to ensure that all struggling families can fulfill their children's Christmas wishes.