The Burbank Coordinating Council plans to hold a food and item drive Saturday outside every grocery store and CVS Pharmacy in the city.
It is the council’s 65th year serving Burbank’s neediest menresidents during the holidays. Janet Diel, president of the Coordinating Council, said 80 more volunteers are needed to stand outside stores between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday to give shoppers lists of suggested items, such as canned food, pasta, paper towels, toys, soap and toothbrushes for donation.
The holiday tradition began in 1946 when the council provided a single meal for families for Christmas. Over time, the group’s ambitions multiplied, and in 2010 more than 500 local families, including 1,400 children, were given holiday baskets filled with food, toys, gift certificates, clothing and toiletries.
At Monday’s Coordinating Council meeting, Councilman Dave Golonski said 507 families signed up to receive baskets.
“Right now we have 384 [families] adopted to date and 183 different donors,” he said. “That leaves us with 123 unadopted as of today.”