Saturday, December 11, 2010
Holiday Giving Breaks All Records
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.