For the second year in a row, Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor has donned a dandy turkey suit and made his way through town, gathering thousands in donations – at eight bucks a pop – in support of the Brentwood Community Chest (BRCC) Christmas Basket Program.
This weekend, the mayor will be stepping up his turkey tricks by submitting to a “public basting” as a thank-you to the community’s generous donations this season. The flavorific event will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at The Streets of Brentwood beginning at 2 p.m., and anyone with a hankering to baste the mayor is welcome. No word yet on how the basting will be carried out, but to date, $2,543 has been raised for the popular Christmas program.
And while the dollar donations are piling up, the gifts – which are included for each child accompanied by the family’s box of food, a turkey, fresh vegetables and bread – are slowing down.
According to Rick Lemyre, BRCC vice president, holiday barrels are set up at locations throughout Brentwood, Byron and Discovery Bay, but are only about half full.
“We’re working with the Marines Toys For Tots, and they’ve been great partners, but they’re getting lots of requests too this year,” said Lemyre. “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get most of what we need for our families this season.”
The annual drive to provide food and toys for 500 local families will be held Dec. 18 at Brentwood Elementary School, 200 Griffith Lane. The food sorting will be held Dec. 17 at the same location. Volunteers to pack, sort and distribute the baskets are still needed. To volunteer, call 925-286-4591.
For a full list of barrel locations, click here.