Members of the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department have started making plans for their 62nd Annual Christmas Basket Program.
Applications for the Christmas Basket Program will be available at the Hillsboro Fire Department, at 101 South Broad Street, beginning on Monday, Nov. 25. Residents of the Hillsboro Fire Department service area, which includes Hillsboro, Schram City, and Butler, are welcome to apply. Applications must be returned to the fire department by Friday, Dec. 13.
Collection of non-perishable food items will begin on Monday, Nov. 18. Volunteers will place collection tubs at Beckemeyer Elementary School, Hillsboro Junior High School and Hillsboro High School. The items will be collected from the schools on Monday, Dec. 16.
"The community strongly supports the Christmas Basket Program every year, and we can always count on the schools to come through for us with their donations," said Firefighter Chris Sherer.
On Monday, Dec. 16, the fire siren will sound at 6:30 p.m. to signal the collection of donations from homes. Area residents may turn on their front porch lights and leave bagged canned goods and other non-perishable food items outside their front doors. Volunteer firefighters will travel throughout Hillsboro, Schram City, and Butler to pick up the donations.
Non-perishable food and monetary donations may also be made by delivery to the Hillsboro Fire Department or by contacting a member of the department.
Food baskets will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 21. They can be picked up with photo identification at the fire department on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. until noon. Home delivery to the applicant or a family representative is also available during the same time.
Through the Christmas Basket Program, volunteers typically spread holiday cheer to more than 135 area families each year.
"It's our honor to continue the tradition that some of our parents, grandparents, neighbors, and other childhood heroes have been involved in for the past 62 years," Sherer said.