The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce seeks donations of food and monetary contributions in preparation for this years community service project. Food baskets will be distributed to families referred by local service agencies, schools, Operation Santa Claus volunteers, United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, members of the Chamber’s board of directors, and other area businesses and agencies.

The Basket Drive is named in honor of local resident Gerry Wiles.

Donation and basket request forms are available online at In addition to the Chamber office, donations of food will be accepted at these locations: Skowhegan Savings Bank, Kingfield; KeyBank, Wilton; and Otis FCU, Jay. Please submit request applications for food baskets to the Chamber no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Monetary and food donations will be accepted until 4 p.m. Dec. 9.

Applications will be reviewed by the food basket committee, and granted based on eligibility and availability. If contacted, baskets will be available for pick up by individual recipients from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce office, 615 Wilton Road in Farmington. Baskets will be available for pick up by food cupboard representatives from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at Comfort Inn & Suites, 1026 U.S. Route 2 East in Wilton.

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