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Gallup Rotary Club hands out 100 food baskets

Gallup Rotary Club hands out 100 food baskets
Sister and title holders from left, Miss Tohatchi Mid Princess Shundeen-Bah Martin, Miss Twin Lakes Elementary School Nizhoni-Bah Martin, and Miss Tohatchi High School Zunneh-Bah Martin, wait for Tom K. Johnson to come to the door on Tuesday night as part of the Gallup Rotary Club’s annual “Baskets of Brotherhood” food donation. (Times photo - Donovan Quintero)

Sister and title holders from left, Miss Tohatchi Mid Princess Shundeen-Bah Martin, Miss Twin Lakes Elementary School Nizhoni-Bah Martin, and Miss Tohatchi High School Zunneh-Bah Martin, wait for Tom K. Johnson to come to the door on Tuesday night as part of the Gallup Rotary Club’s annual “Baskets of Brotherhood” food donation. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

By Terry Bowman
Special to the Times

Asa-Bah Martin, 6, from Tohlakai, N.M., reaches over the box to place a can of salt on Tuesday night the Gallup Community Pantry in Gallup. (Times photo - Donovan Quintero)

Asa-Bah Martin, 6, from Tohlakai, N.M., reaches over the box to place a can of salt on Tuesday night the Gallup Community Pantry in Gallup. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

GALLUP

Tom K. Johnson Jr. and Laura Patterson of Gamerco, N.M., will have a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving thanks to the Gallup Rotary Club’s annual “Baskets of Brotherhood” food donation.

“We’re just so happy,” said Johnson after going through his box of donations, pulling out carrots, bread rolls, a box of stuffing, jello and a frozen turkey that he quickly put into his freezer.
“We’re going to cook at my mother’s house in Tolakai,” said Johnson.

Johnson and Patterson received one of 100 baskets donated by the Gallup Rotary Club.

Monday evening at the Community Pantry, members of the club stacked donated and purchased food items that make up the food baskets.

Gallup Rotary Club volunteers Jeremiah Salaz, 16, Sabrina Baca, 17, Majaha-Kne-Bah, 15, and Christian Belone, 16, pack the boxes of food with a turkey on Tuesday evening during the Gallup Rotary Club’s annual “Baskets of Brotherhood” food donation in Gallup. (Times photo - Donovan Quintero)

Gallup Rotary Club volunteers Jeremiah Salaz, 16, Sabrina Baca, 17, Majaha-Kne-Bah, 15, and Christian Belone, 16, pack the boxes of food with a turkey on Tuesday evening during the Gallup Rotary Club’s annual “Baskets of Brotherhood” food donation in Gallup. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

Some 30 members worked to make sure that the needy 100 families in Gallup and the surrounding areas received the food baskets that included a basic Thanksgiving meal.

According to Timaris Montano, president of the club, the organization is made up of 40 members who volunteer to host events and campaigns that benefit the Gallup community.

The boxes of donations will be given to individuals who are in need, including people in the Battered Family Services, Pine Tail for Head Start and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

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