baskets of joy:
Seniors treasure delivery
Marcella Howard had a big smile on her face when two volunteers presented her with a fruit basket. She thanked them as one placed the basket next to the poinsettias on her table.
“I just appreciate it,” said Howard, 96. “I appreciate everything everybody does for me. They don’t have to but they do.”
Howard was one of more than 5,280 home-bound seniors who were nominated to receive the baskets, which were filled with citrus, apples, candies and cards from children as part of the 29th annual Basket of Joy Project.
More than 2,000 people showed up Saturday morning to help assemble and deliver the baskets, eventually forcing organizers to turn away potential volunteers when all of the baskets were gone. Volunteers will be delivering the baskets through Tuesday.
“It’s such a terrific and wonderful thing for a family to do this time of year, to show up with a fruit basket for people who might not get anything this whole holiday season,” spokesman Michael James said. Danika Worthington, The Denver Post
Volunteer Robin Doerr hands Marcella Howard, 96, a fruit basket at Howard’s home in Montbello on Saturday.