Thanksgiving week marks the kick-off of the Gothenburg Shares campaign, a project spearheaded by the Gothenburg Noon Rotary Club for the past 47 years.

Each year, the Rotary gathers donations which are used to purchase nutritious ingredients to fill holiday food baskets, which are then distributed to local families and individuals in need. The food baskets are typically delivered the week before Christmas.

Last year, the Rotary club turned over financial administration of the project to the Pony Express Foundation in order to make donations tax deductible. “The Rotary club is still responsible for the legwork of collecting, purchasing, packing, and delivering these boxes," said Will Rahjes, board member of both the Gothenburg Rotary Club and the Pony Express Foundation.

The club sets a goal each year to raise $6,000 in donations, and the food baskets will be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 18. Last year 75 boxes were delivered to local families and individuals.

Donations for Gothenburg Shares may be mailed or brought to the Gothenburg Leader office at 812 Lake Avenue in downtown Gothenburg.