Campground ‘Cans’ Christmas Basket Effort
Marlene Thornton is a Sunriver, Ore., woman who’s spent months of her own time every year putting together Christmas baskets for hundreds of people in need.
Since 1989, Thornton has gathered thousands and thousands of soft drink cans from a local campground to buy Christmas presents for kids and families, according to KTVZ-TV, Bend, Ore.
But this year, after almost 20 years, the campground has told Thornton she can’t have the cans.
“We buy clothing, and bedding and give a food basket to the needy families,” Thornton, founder of the Christmas Basket program in Central Oregon, said last week.
“We service the seniors with a basket of food and some of them that need slippers or baskets,” she said.
They are Christmas baskets for hundreds of central Oregon families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford some very basic necessities.
But this year, she was told by the campground that she wouldn’t be able to collect the cans because of tax reasons.
“What it comes down to is that we were acquired by another company other than Thousand Trails, that is not set up to go ahead and give to charitable donations,” said Cecilia Lee, manager of the campground.
This comes just a year after the Christmas basket operation gave a record-breaking total last season – almost $5,000 in gifts and food – something that Thornton prays can continue to happen, for the sake of the recipients.