bas­kets of joy:

Se­niors trea­sure de­liv­ery

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

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

Andy Cross, The Den­ver Post

Vol­un­teer Robin Do­err hands Mar­cella Howard, 96, a fruit bas­ket at Howard’s home in Mont­bello on Satur­day.

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