Fields believes another basket she was sent to deliver was by divine intervention. This particular basket had a woman’s name on it with a phone number.
“I called the number and a man said he would be home and I could come by,” said Fields. “When I got there, he told me the woman’s name was that of his wife and he had just buried her earlier that day or the day before. He told me he thought his wife’s hospice nurse had asked if there were enough baskets, if one could go to them.”
Later, Fields said the office received a thank you for the basket the man had received.
“The Build A Basket program is wonderful and continues to grow each year,” said Judy Bullock of Senior and Family Services in Washington, one of the drop off points for the baskets. “Last year, I remember grandparents bringing in baskets that their grandchildren had shopped for. They were decorated and they had made Christmas cards. What a wonderful way to teach our young to be generous.”
Each basket, which must be completed by Dec. 16, will be delivered to the clients by Meals on Wheels drivers and other volunteers. Baskets can be dropped off as early as Nov. 18 to the drop off points. In addition to the Washington drop off, the Loogootee Senior Center, Petersburg Amber Manor, Petersburg Golden Living, Shoals Senior Center and Vincennes Generations office are also drop off locations.
Some other suggested items for the baskets include paper towel, denture cream, dryer sheets, calendars, night lights, shower brushes, writing paper and pens, bath towels, tooth brushes and toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, deodorant, laundry detergent, trash bags, sponges and hand sanitizer.
“We prefer that baskets be registered so we can have a close count on how many baskets to prepare to deliver,” said Alma Kramer, Generations program coordinator for healthy aging.
“But we are so grateful for any and all of the baskets that we get.”
Those interested in building a basket or wanting additional information should contact Kramer by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 812-888-4527.