Sheriff’s food basket program makes 24th annual distribution

Delivering Christmas food baskets for the Dallas County Sheriff's Benevolent Association's 24th annual event in 2019 were members of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, from left, Assistant Fire Chief Frank Eiteman, Firefighter Jennifer Lauer, Assistant Fire Chief Grason Hill and Firefighter Dave Barkley. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 baskets.

Now in its 24th season of holiday benevolence, the Christmas Food Basket program of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Benevolent Association delivered some 150 boxes of holiday food and gifts to families in Dallas County Thursday.

From staging grounds at the Dallas County Extension offices on the fairgrounds in Adel, volunteers from the sheriff’s office and various municipal public safety agencies loaded their vehicles and fanned out to towns and farm houses around Dallas County, bringing meat and potatoes, bread and milk and eggs, blankets and toys “and various other foods and sundries” to county families, according to the Sheriff’s office.

The Perry team was composed of Perry Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Grason Hill, Assistant Fire Chief Frank Eiteman and Firefighters Dave Barkley and Jennifer Lauer. The Perry team delivered 11 food baskets this year.

Donations from volunteers and local business are the backbone of the Benevolent Food Basket program. Heather Bruce, owner of Osmundson Manufacturing in Perry, is a large and longtime supporter of the holiday food program, and additional donations come from many businesses across Dallas County, according to the Sheriff’s Benevolent Association.


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