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Helping to share the holidays in Frederick

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Frederick Town Youth Commission members prepare Thanksgiving in a box

By Ben Wiebesiek

FREDERICK — Teenagers don’t necessarily have the reputation for overwhelming Turkey Day enthusiasm.
    But Thanksgiving is a good time to buck the stereotypes, and the Frederick Town Youth Commission did just that.
    The commission is providing Thanksgiving dinner baskets to the families in the communities that are in need. The group prepared and delivered food baskets to five families in the area.

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    Frederick spokeswoman Megan Williams said the program had the members of the youth commission smiling.
    “Doing something like that always makes you feel good that you can help somebody else in the community have a good holiday,” Williams said. “It was a good for the youth commission, and a good way for them to start their break.”
    Reminiscent of an episode of Chopped!, the six-member youth commission used canned yams, French fried onions, and boxes of Jell-O mix, together with a variety of other donations to pack a perfect Thanksgiving dinner in a box.
    “Actually, it was so much food, it didn’t fit into one box,” Williams said. “We split into two groups to deliver the food.”
    Donations were collected at Frederick High School and Frederick Town Hall throughout last week.
    “They then put the baskets together on Thursday evening,” Williams said.
    The commission also worked on the project with the peers from L.I.F.E. Fellowship church in Frederick.
    “Their youth group came and helped put the boxes together for that night,” she said.
    Commissioners Becca Vincent, Anthony Bixby, Stephanie Garcia and Ginny Ritz-Creager went to the store for groceries with Frederick High School Principal Pete Vargas.
    “It was a really great experience. We’ll hope to do it again next year,” Williams said. “It was great to see the community come together. Carbon Valley Academy donated all of the pies, and we had residents donate all of the turkeys, and a mom club’s group donated a box, our reception here at town hall donated a box. So it was cool to see the community come together to help other community members have a great Thanksgiving.”