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Chester County Press

Hundreds of area families get some holiday cheer

12/22/2017 09:41AM ● By J. Chambless

Sean Stitz helps unload turkeys for the food boxes.

By John Chambless
Staff Writer

Christmas wishes came true for hundreds of area families last week during the 2017 Basket Event sponsored by Kenett Area Community Service.

Thanks to donations from businesses and residents, 425 families who came to the New Garden Township Maintenance Building on Dec. 16 got a food box with all the trimmings for a holiday meal, as well as new toys, bicycles and warm coats for every member of the family. One hundred Christmas food boxes were delivered to Luther House as well, and up to 100 families stopped at the KACS Food Cupboard to pick up their boxes of food during the week of Dec. 18.

Melanie Weiler, the executive director of Kennett Area Community Service, said, “What an incredible day! Our families were simply delighted as they arrived and found a community of people that care. As we count our blessing this holiday season, we must extend our most heartfelt appreciation to our volunteers. They make the magic that delights children and gives relief to parents during an especially stressful season. We appreciate their participation in this event. On behalf of our Board of Directors, our staff and our families, we extend our gratitude for walking the journey with our friends and neighbors.

“I hope you carry the warmth, compassion and kindness experienced today throughout the entire year,” Weiler added.

The Kennett Area Community Service Food Cupboard serves families in the area by providing a supply of food each month, at no cost, through the Healthy Options program. The Emergency Assistance Program offers occasional financial assistance for rent, utility bills, and other basic living expenses, and provides case management and referral services. For more information about Kennett Area Community Service (136 W. Cedar St., Kennett Square), visit, or call 610-925-3556.