Christmas Baskets


The Council of Community Services has been (officially) offering Christmas Baskets for 40 years!  While the Christmas Basket program has undergone many changes over the years, the heart of the program remains the same…ensuring those in need can provide a hearty Christmas meal for their family.

But the Council of Community Services does not undertake this mission alone.  The entire Gillette community comes together to support those with less.  Over the course of about a month thousands of pounds of food are collected, and some spirited competitions ensue.

ERA has been involved for more than 25 years!

The Campbell County School District gets in on the action with a large effort coordinated by ERA Priority Real Estate.  ERA has been involved with this giant collection effort for more than 25 years!  Each participating school competes to see who can collect the most food.  Prizes are awarded by ERA for the top collectors in three categories: local elementary, rural elementary, and secondary school.  The winning schools earn a cash prize from ERA and bragging rights for the next year.

But the bragging rights aren’t just for the school district.  Various departments within Campbell County’s government also spur some lively competition.  Last year Campbell County as a whole, contributed over 7,000 pounds of food.  Some serious competitors have already emerged this year, with a donation of over 1,000 pounds being delivered earlier this week!

Outside of these friendly competitions there are numerous businesses and organizations around Gillette collecting food as well.

None of this would be possible without you!

Getting Christmas Baskets to families in need is certainly a community-wide effort.  Not only does food collection happen far and wide across Campbell County, but volunteers come out in droves to give generously of their time.  This much needed holiday assistance wouldn’t be possible without the countless individuals who are collecting, sorting, and distributing food.

At the Council of Community Services, we know that you are to thank for the support hundreds of families will receive for the holidays.  Thank you for your generous donations, volunteer hours, kindness, and compassion. A special thank you is owed to Bill and Donna Johnson who have kindly donated the use of their shop space.  None of this would be possible without you!

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While many volunteers have already pledged their time to help sort and distribute Christmas Baskets, there is still room left for more!  Just visit this link to see available times:

If you’d like to donate to the Council, these are the items most beneficial during the holiday season.