Thanksgiving 2016

We made it through another year! We gave out baskets to 552 families this year. That makes 1950 people (808 kids and 1147 adults) who enjoyed a holiday meal thanks to your generosity.

Elise Braun had been the face of the Turkey Challenge in the faith community of Stowe for many years. Although she passed away this year, Deb Clark and others have continued her work, asking those in the faith community to help raise funds to pay for our baskets. It will now be known as the Elise Braun Memorial Turkey Challenge. Our thanks to everyone at St John's in the Mountains Episcopal Church, the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, the Stowe Community Church, and Blessed Sacrament. We received over $3400! Elise is smiling!

Elise Braun

Starting in August, Kevin scours the ads for sales. This year we purchased items from Hannaford, Price Chopper, Mac's Market, Kinney Drugs and the Vermont Foodbank. Thanks to everyone at these stores for accomodating our large orders. Special thanks to our friends at Demars properties for providing us with a storage locker so we can stock up early. Thanks also to Sara and Pete for allowing us to fill their mudroom with boxed items and to Pete M. for letting us fill up his garage.

Roland Lajoie of WLVB and Dominique Couture started up Chris' Challenge in October. This effort is named for the late Chris Potter who challenged his neighbors and local businesses to donate turkeys for their neighbors in need. Each year they collect turkeys and donate them to LCFS and other food shelves and organizations that give out Thanksgiving baskets in the Lamoille Valley area. Roland talks about Chris' Challenge on the air and he and Dominique visit businesses all over the county to encourage particiation. A huge thanks to Price Chopper and Hannaford who stored turkeys which customers had purchased and allowed us to pick them up in time to be given away. Thanks also to the folks at People's Academy and Morristown Elementary School who allowed us to use their freezers while ours were full of turkeys.

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.

The time has come to put the baskets together, collect the turkeys and give the baskets out. An assembly line is set up so volunteers can stock the boxes.

Hunger's Hard, Baking's Easy provided us with huge amounts of fresh baked goodies. What a treat for our clients!

Ciera and Emma from Stowe High School brought in some beautiful  baked goods.

Sara is happy to accept a large donation of turkeys from  Tracy Baker of Bourne's Energy.

Giving out the boxes is the fun part! You can see that our volunteers get into the holiday spirit!

This year we received a special donation of cookies made by the Global Campuses Foundation. GFC is a non profit that provides advanced learning opportunities to under-served populations, primarily people with disability. In Lamoille County, GCF currently partners with Lamoille County Mental Health Services. Participants meet each week at CCV to share their passions for teaching and learning. Holy Name of Jesus Church allowed them to use their kitchen to make these wonderful cookies.