Burbank Coordinating Council is facing its toughest year ever to collect food, toys and gifts for its annual holiday basket program. They need individuals, organizations, businesses and neighbors to adopt families and purchase gifts and provide nonperishable fixings for a couple of holiday meals.
Last year 560 families — more than 2,500 children and adults — received help, said Barbara Sykes, who is co-chairing the program with Eileen Cobos, council president, and Janet Diel, past president.
More than 100 of those families had not been adopted by a church or other organization, so Coordinating Council members filled the need through donations from businesses and individuals and food drives at local grocery stores, Sykes added.
“We are going to have at least that number of families this year and we need people to adopt families or help us in some way to fill the baskets for unadopted families,” Sykes said. “People can donate to the food drives, donate gift cards, toys and teen items. We need the community support this year because the need is overwhelming.”