Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saint Johnsbury was the scene of holiday merry-making with their Victorian Christmas. With the sounds of horses hooves and young carolers in the background, Craig Schnepf from Fairbanks Scales spent the day weighing in donations of food and money to replenish local food banks.
We were in front of Dunkin Doughnuts in Saint Johnsbury doing a remote broadcast to help our hungry neighbors have a happy holiday season. Here Josh and a Dunkin Doughnut Elf announce the progress (over 2000 pounds of food at this time).
We couldn't believe the response to the call for help today. People showed up with dry goods and canned goods and money, lots of money. Each dollar buys 3 pounds of food for the food shelves. Gingue constructions came by with $100 and a challenge to other local businesses to match him--which they did. An anonymous donor gave $700 in honor of Pat O Hagan's memory. Before noon we reached over 10,000 pounds of food!
Hayden Tanner (sleighridevt.com) brought his beautiful pair of Belgian horses to give wagon rides to holiday revelers.
Shortly after noon, Cindy announced that we had broken 15,000 pounds and it was still pouring in. When all was said and done the good people of the Northeast Kingdom had donated over 23000 pounds of food to replenish food banks.
It warms the heart to see so much generosity. The Northeast Kingdom could teach the world about giving. Housewright Constrution gave $100 to match Gingue. An anonymous dog donated dog food for needy dogs.
Monday, December 6, 2010
It was a blustery Saturday this past week, but that didn't keep Santa away...thanks to the many businesses in Lyndonville who sponsor this wonderful event. If you wanted to catch the Christmas spirit it was certainly contagious in the faces of the children who weathered the cold to spend a moment on the big guys lap to murmur their hearts desire into his ear.
Val Davis was on hand for the live broadcast in front of Darling Manor in Lyndonville.
It was a joy to see all the happy faces.
There were hay-rides around town, hot chocolate to help us warm up.
And elves with treats!
Merrit and Val from Magic 97.7 set it up (Thanks guys!)
And even some big kids showed up for the fun!
Many thanks to all the people that make this event possible: Lyndonville House of Pizza, Village Kids, Fabric Town, Keira's Collectibles, RTD Antiques and Collectibles, Northeast Motors, Greg's Auto, All Around Tan and Gym, to name a few. Go by and thank them in person!
Remember next week is the annual food drive. There has never been a greater need so if you find that you are one of the fortunate this holiday, please take a moment to drop by Dunkin Doughnuts in St. Johnsbury to drop off non-perishable food or money (each dollar buys 3 pounds of food for a needy family). Help make Christmas happen for everyone this year!