Kerrie Pughe, Contributor

Thank you!
Thank you to all who participated in the creation and distribution of the holiday baskets. Overflowing baskets of food and presents were distributed a week before Christmas to about 25 local families. Thank you to all who contributed toys, gift cards, food and knitted items. Tracey Beaudon and her daughter made yummy cookies for each basket. Hadley Abernathy and Charlotte Congregational Church children made holiday treats for every family. Pastor Suzanne Kittredge and the Sunday School children created beautifully crafted cards. Thank you to the knitters and sewers for the mittens, hats and scarves! We appreciate Yoga Roots’ gift of a yoga class card for a teenager. Thank you to Charlotte Boy Scout Moises Cowart as well as to Seth Zimmerman, Ken Oboz, Karen and Bill Doris, Nancy Bloch, Diane Cote, Cindy Tyler, Pat Rodar and Cindi Robinson for helping out with distribution and heavy lifting on distribution day.

Secret Santa delivered 37 movie tickets to the Food Shelf for the children. Thank you, Santa! The Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary supplied 25 hams for the holiday—thank you to Tod Whitaker for coordinating this. Thank you to the families and staff of CCS for the baskets of holiday dinner fixings. Thanks to Miles Jordan and Mrs. Fraser’s class for supplying extra baskets. We appreciate the cookies-in-a jar gifts from Kris Gerson’s class. Bob Chutter and Quinlan School volunteers donated a beautiful tree for a family. Philo Ridge Farm donated organic garlic, red onions and squash. Thank you to Anne Marie Andriola and family for the Italian candy for both the Thanksgiving and holiday baskets. And a big thank you to Horsford Nursery for over 15 years of supplying beautiful balsam wreaths for each family.

Thank you to WowToyz coordinators Melody Miller, Julie Cogswell and the Frank Beck family for the generous donation of toys for 37 children. Thank you to CCS students Coco Eyre, Rory McDermatt and Natalie D’Amico for the decorations for the boxes and gift envelopes. Thank you to the volunteers who helped to assemble the baskets: Michelle Jordan, Patrice Machavern, Jenny Cole, Elaine Ittleman, Diane Cote, Kestral Grevatt, Maya Grevatt, Noah Schwaegerle, Cindy Tyler, Hadley Bunting, Christie Garrett, Susan Ohanian, Karen and Bill Doris, John Lavigne, Alaina Murphy, Carol Chenevert, Stephanie Wells, Licia Brown, Ken Oboz, Victoria Rosen, Cindi Robinson and Liz DesLauriers. A special thank you to Laura Iglehart and her husband, Jon, and son Wolfie for coordinating the toys and gifts.

We appreciate the support from the Charlotte Central School Sunshine Fund in memory of University of Connecticut Professor Emeritus Louis L. Gerson, from David and Julia Bergeron in memory of Mrs. Marie Machavern, from Hugh and Leslie Lewis in memory of Arline and Cowboy Lewis, from Thomas and Marie-Pierre Jackson in honor of Kim Findley, from Barry and Susan Cluff in honor of Greg and Lynn Cluff, and from Alicia Kroll in honor of Alex Kroll. In addition, we thank Lori Racha and Damon, Chloe and Kate Silverman for the donation in honor of CCS 4th-grade teacher Kathy Lara and CCS 7th-grade teachers Matthew Lutz, Mary Tierny, Leslie Williams and Nancy Matthews.

We appreciate the financial support from Frances Foster, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, Remo and Donna Pizzagalli, Rice Lumber, Village Wine and Coffee, Elizabeth Bassett and John Pane, Luella Aube and Jeanette Myers-Whitney, Margaret and Jim Sharpe, Susan and Hans Ohanian, John and Nancy Calcagni, Nancy and Jack Barnes family, Charlotte Congregational Church Mission Committee, Lynn Cluff and the 40 Cookie Party friends for the food and cash donations, Elizabeth and Tom Scatchard, the Pughe Family, Global Maritime Transportation Services, Inc., Eileen and Ray Curtis, Evan Metropoulos, Patrice Machavern, Joseph and Jennifer Dickerman, Janet Morrison, Laura Iglehart and family, Emile and Diane Cote, Meredith Corporation Foundation employee contribution matching gifts program, Kathleen and William Posey, Myron and Lenore Sopher, Mark and Eleanor Capeless, Jan and Larry Sudbay, David and Karen Hurwitt, John and Carolyn Kovac, Heather and John Dwight, Lell and Rex Forehand, and Shirley and Cynthia Marshall. Shirley Marshall, a life-long, much loved member of the Charlotte community passed away in December. She will be missed by our community, and the Food Shelf sends condolences to her family.

Thank you to John, Christy, Olivia, Greta and Ray for the donation from the proceeds from the Hagios Berry Patch Farm Stand. Thanks to the Hagios family and neighbors for their hard work and continued support of the food shelf.

A belated thank you to Charlotte Boy Scout Troop 615 for help with the Thanksgiving baskets. Thank you to Moises Cowart, Keagan Bothwell, Zack Aubin and Stuart Robinson. And thank you to Bill and Karen Doris, Nancy Bloch, Nina Falsen, John Lavigne, and Mike and Cindi Robinson for all your help.

Donations
We are a volunteer organization, so all donations you make to the Food Shelf go directly for food and/or assistance to our local neighbors in need. Thank you so much for considering donating today.

Checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance, P. O. Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445.

Donated food drop-off locations
All nonperishable food donations may be dropped off at the Charlotte Library, the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (main entrance) or at the Food Shelf during the distribution mornings. We request that all fresh foods be dropped off at the Food Shelf before the Wednesday distribution hours or before 7:30 a.m. on the Thursday distribution mornings.

New Facebook Page
“Like” us at our new Facebook page Charlotte Community Food Shelf and Assistance to see photos and get updates on all the Food Shelf activities.

Food Shelf Information
We are open to all community residents. Privacy is very important and respected in our mission of neighbor helping neighbor.

For emergency food call John at (802) 425-3130.
For emergency assistance (electricity, fuel) call Cindi at (802) 425-3234.
For more information call Karen at (802) 425-3252.

Important Upcoming 2017 Charlotte Food Shelf Distribution Dates
Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22, Mar. 8 and 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, Mar. 9 and 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The Charlotte Food Shelf is located on the lower level of the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry.