BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — The party will be a little later this year, but everyone’s still invited.
With the help of volunteers, the Frodshams have spent more than two decades organizing an annual Christmas party for homeless families recommended by local agencies. Though the event is being postponed until Dec. 22 this year due to other commitments, the family still needs the community’s help to get everything together.
“I’ve already had lots of calls from groups, but we’re going to need everything we can get,” said Barbara Frodsham. “There are a lot of people in need this year.”
Donations of pretty much anything are welcome, from crockpots of soup, stew and chili to gently used coats and new, gift-wrapped toys (with labels identifying the gifts by age, gender and size). A Deseret Industries pod will be set out in front of the Frodsham’s the week before the event, for those who don’t want to bring it that morning.
The event also requires hundreds of volunteers, who do everything from setting up to serveing as hosts and hostesses and taking the families around to the different activities that are available. This year’s list includes horse and wagon rides, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate around the campfire and more.
For Frodsham, the biggest help is her son, Bret. He’s responsible for getting a lot of the physical elements required for the event into place.
“He does all the grunt work, so he doesn’t get a lot of recognition,” she said. “But there’s no way I could do it without him.”
To donate something or volunteer your time for the event, please call the Frodshams at 801-663-3588 and leave a message.
“I’ll get back to you,” she said. “But if you want to help, you don’t even have to call. Just come that morning.”