Thanksgiving 2018

We did it! Another successful Thanksgiving basket giveaway! This year we served 505 families with turkeys and fixings. That means 804 children and 1062 adults were able to sit down to a nice Thanksgiving dinner!

Roland Lajoie of WLVB and Dominique Couture kick off Chris' Challenge Turkey drive in October. Back in 2001, Chris Potter challenged the community to donate turkeys so everyone could have a nice holiday meal. Chris passed away but his legacy lives on. Each year busineses and individuals donate turkeys and cash to benefit a number of organizations in the Lamoille Valley. LCFS is by far the largest beneficiary and we are most appreciative. For the second year we have even had some turkeys left over which we are distibuting to our clients and other organizations.Thanks to Hannaford, Price Chopper, Stowe High School and People's Academy for help in storing turkeys.

The Elise Braun Memorial Turkey Challenge in the Stowe faith community collects funds which allow us to buy all the dry goods we put in the baskets: stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, muffin mix, vegetables, brownie mix and fruit. We buy 1200 of each item so it is a huge investment.  We receive donations from Stowe Community Chruch, St john's in the Mountains Episcopal Church and The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe.

Elise Braun

Chris Potter saluting the community!

In October we start to sign clients up for baskets. We allow clients to come in at the last minute but we like to get a handle on whether our estimates on numbers will be even close. At this point we feverishly start saving boxes to use when handing out the food. Rock Art provided many of our boxes again this year which was a great help!

Kevin starts watching for sales in August so we can purchase all of the items that go into our boxes. This year we purchased items from Hannaford, Price Chopper, Mac's Market and Kinney Drugs. Thanks to everyone at these stores now and throughout the year for accommodating our large orders. Special thanks to our friends at Demars Properties for providing storage units so we can stock up. Thanks also to Sara and Pete for the use of their mudroom.

Everything starts on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Volunteers come in that afternoon to start packing boxes for the approximately 120 families who will pick them up starting Friday. That process continues through the Wednesday before T'day.

We have five distribution days which require our dedicated staff and volunteers to collect and distribute turkeys and baskets. Clearly they enjoy the work!

This family baked all day Friday and spent Saturday handing out turkeys!

We received lots of home baked items. Special thanks to our friends at Global Campuses, Hunger's Hard Baking's Easy and many individuals like the family below who popped in with lots of decorated goodies!

This crew from the Lamoille County Outreach Student group had a wonderful time packing boxes!

Some turkeys were delivered in person! Pinnacle Ski and Sprots brought 51, House of Troy 40!