For thirty-two years, the Clovis Rotary Club and the Clovis Police Officers Association (C.P.O.A.) have teamed up with the Salvation Army, various church groups, Clovis schools and other organizations to identify and help families in need during the holidays.
On Sunday (12/20), volunteers will fill 500 boxes with chicken, milk, and all the fixings starting at 6:30 a.m. Walmart discounted and ordered many of the groceries. P-R Farms contributed produce. Clovis Recycling and Budget Truck Rental in Clovis provided transportation for moving the goods to the P-R Farms packing facility at Willow and Shepherd. Again this year, Pat Ricchiuti generously offered his facility for volunteers to have a space big enough to assemble the boxes of food and to accommodate the hundreds of families receiving the assistance.
Inmates at the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga refurbished 45 bikes for Clovis parents to put under the tree for their children as part of a program the Clovis Police Department established fifteen years ago.
Families, who have been pre-screened to participate and issued tickets to receive food baskets, will arrive to pick them up starting at 8 o’clock Sunday morning. The distribution should last until between 11:30 a.m. and noon.