For a third year in a row, the Interact Club of Golden has provided turkey dinners to families in Golden.
The annual project provided Christmas dinners to 15 families in Golden this year, and included gifts for the families as well.
Late last year, the club opened up anonymous nominations for community members to choose families to send dinners to. The Interact Club began their work gathering monetary donations from the community, and donations of food and gifts to send to the families. Two families sponsored other families as well.
The Golden Secondary School students woke up early on Christmas Eve to get the whole thing started. They arrived at 7 a.m. to begin preparing the meals to send out later that evening. The club split up into groups and cooked individual turkeys, and then worked together to prepare mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, gravy, cranberry sauce, and more. They also included egg nog, pie, and a box of oranges in their gifting. Then, the students began wrapping presents for the families.
By 7 p.m., all was said and done, and they were ready to deliver the hot meals.
“It was very fun. Sometimes stressful,” said Georgia Gale, public relations for the Interact Club of Golden. “It was super awesome to see everyone there, and all the help. We had so many great helpers.”
This is Gale’s first year with the Interact Club, and her first year participating in the Anti-Grinch Project. It was also her first time cooking a turkey.
“I would definitely do it again,” she said without hesitation. “It went really well.”
This year, the club had three more turkey dinners to cook than last year. They take over the kitchens in the high school to prepare everything fresh for Christmas. The project has doubled in size since its first year of production.
The Interact Club of Golden stays busy fundraising all year long, working on various projects in the community, and internationally.
Next, they will do a Christmas tree pick up on January 5. To find out more, and to sign up to have your tree picked up and disposed of, go to the Interact Club of Golden’s Facebook page.