MILTON-FREEWATER -- The community outdid itself this year in donations to the Milton-Freewater Ministerial Association's Community Christmas Basket Food Drive.
Many new organizations contributed food, money and muscle in getting out a record number of boxes.
The box total increased from 184 households to 204. The number of boxes was 316. And, the total number of people served went from 767 to 919.
"The community really stepped up to help provide a great Christmas dinner for our friends in the community," the association said in a release.
Don Davis, a teacher with the Milton-Freewater School District, helped organize a school food drive. This year the students from Grove Elementary School won with the most food collected.
The Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs also challenged each other to a contest. The Kiwanis Club brought in the greatest tonnage.
Along with local organizations, people in the community stepped up to help box and distribute the food.
Participating organizations included:
Milton-Freewater schools; Rotary and Kiwanis clubs; CROSS Christian Youth Group; Crop Walk; Safeway; Blue Mountain Growers; United Methodist Women; Grace Presbyterian Women's Association; St. James Episcopal Church; Ingle Chapel Women's Auxiliary; LaFore Farms; and Bethel Conservative Baptist Church.