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Almost Home pack a taste of the season for area families in need

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By Crystal Nelson

    BRIGHTON — Almost Home’s Thanksgiving Box program was once again able to feed over 300 families this Thanksgiving. On Friday, a number of volunteers, Almost Home staff and Almost Home board members packed boxes so families in need were able to have a Thanksgiving dinner.
    The families were able to pick their boxes up on Saturday and also received a gift card to King Soopers which will allow them to purchase up to a 14-pound bird.

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    A number of local schools, businesses, churches and farmers helped to make the program success by donating food, according to an Almost Home press release.
    Executive Director Terry Moore said students from North Elementary and South Elementary donated over 1,200 cans of fruit and vegetables, which was great because the schools historically have the highest number of free and reduced lunches in School District 27J.
    “These young people are amazing,” he said in the press release. “It was both an honor and a pleasure to get to work with the principals, their staff, and most importantly, with their students. We had a need, we shared it with them and bam they donated the cans for fruits and vegetables which we needed, so that we could provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to over 300 families this Thanksgiving.”
    Food was also donated by CrossFit Salvo Gym, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sakata Farms, Robbins Company, Hungenberg Produce Co., Roggen Farm Elevators and Safeway.
    “I know the families who are getting this meal will be thinking of them and hopefully the students will remember what a great thing they did for these families and Almost Home, Inc,” Moore said. “I wish each and every one of them a great Thanksgiving and holiday season.”