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Love Baskets delivered in Roberts

A few of the people who helped pack "Love Baskets" full of holiday meals for needy Roberts area residents hold up one of the "Love Baskets" prior to its delivery on Dec. 22. Pictured (from left) are Ron Duffe, Karen Benysek and Lynn Steglich.

About 50 people came to the Roberts Park Building at 8 a.m. Dec. 22 to help pack and distribute "Love Baskets," or boxes full of enough food to make a Christmas meal for needy families in the Roberts area this Christmas.

"The Lions Club helps those that need help," said Karen Benysek, Roberts Lions first director. "Some people need a little extra help, especially during the holidays. That's what we do is we get together and we deliver them a meal so they don't feel so depressed."

Benysek said the group served 86 families for Christmas this year.

She said each basket was packed with a ham, pineapple, a gravy packet, coleslaw, coleslaw dressing, Jell-O, corn, beans, potatoes, pie, Cool Whip, buns, cereal, peanut butter, marshmallows and a goodie bag with snacks for the children.

Benysek said the Roberts and Hammond Lions, as well as the Hammond Snowdrifters snowmobile club team up each year to raise funds for the Love Baskets program. Love Basket meals are delivered at Thanksgiving and at Christmas each year, she said.

Benysek said the food is ordered from the Roberts grocery store with money from fundraisers. People nominate families to receive baskets or families ask for baskets of their own, by calling Benysek.

Benysek and the rest of the approximately 50 volunteers managed to pack and deliver baskets to almost all of the 86 participating families in close to one hour.

She said the gratitude she sees from families receiving the holiday meals makes all the work worthwhile.

"There are so many people that appreciate the extra help this time of year," Benysek said. "It warms your heart when you do go and deliver and you see the families just be so appreciative of that, that they start crying and thank you."

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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