An enthusiastic crew of volunteers was on hand on Monday and Tuesday at Associated Charities, helping with getting the Christmas boxes ready to hand out.

An enthusiastic crew of volunteers was on hand on Monday and Tuesday at Associated Charities, helping with getting the Christmas boxes ready to hand out. There was also a very long line waiting outside the establishment, waiting for the doors to open. Distribution dates for Christmas boxes are Dec. 14-18, and people need proof of income and address.

The volunteers inside were working as directed by Jim Goodwin and manager Janet Clark. On hand were Charlene Sanchez, Stephanie Cordova, Ron Pacheco, Marjorie Trujillo, Terri Darnell, Mary Ann Soechting, Charlie Wells, Jack Frye, Phyllis May and Jerry Diehl on Monday. Coming in to take boxes to cars (they call them the runners) were Ryan Denahy, Julia Hoeppner and Daniel Yost from InspirationField. On Tuesday, the runners were from Coffee Holding Company: Don Britton, Clayton Stano, Mike Ruiz and Gladis Ortega. The new volunteers on Tuesday were David Gardner, Don Sinks, Georgia Miller and Melissa and John Hammel. Most of the volunteers from Monday were also there on Tuesday. Runners for Wednesday and Thursday are from Safeway and Lewis Bolt and Nut.

All the boxes contain certain staples: mac and cheese, dry rice, dry beans, stuffing mix, Ramen noodles, green beans, corn, peas, mixed vegetables, canned beans, pumpkin, evaporated milk, cranberry sauce, tomatoes and tomato sauce, broth and gravy, soup, spaghetti and sauce, cereal, potatoes, pasta, corn bread or muffin mix, peanut butter and jelly, crackers, tuna or other meat, canned fruit, cookies, salt and pepper, oil, dessert (cake mix, pie filling, pudding or Jello). Extras are choice of ham or turkey, bread, sweet potatoes, flour and sugar, cranberry juice, coffee and on Tuesday a truckload of produce which will probably last all week (mini watermelons, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and more). Fresh cranberries, donated by a local grocer, should last all week, said Clark.