By Kerrie Pughe, Contributor

Thank you!
A belated yet big thank you to the Flying Pig Bookstore for the donation of beautiful, age- appropriate books to each child on our holiday list. The Flying Pig celebrated its 20th anniversary recently, and for a great many of those years it has supplied children books for holiday distribution.

Thank you to Janice Hielmann for the generous donation of handmade jewelry for our single mothers. Thank you for the donation received from Frank Kroll in honor of Phyllis and Alex Kroll. And thank you to Phyllis and Alex for the donation of archery lessons for the Holiday Giving Tree.

We appreciate the support from the Charlotte Organic COOP, the Shelburne-Charlotte Garden Club, Gary and Janet Landrigan, Henry and Carleen Tufo, Carol Jane Josselyn, Toni and Robert Monsey, David and Marilyn Perrin, Chris and Susanne Davis, Tim and Mary Volk, Walter and Joan Gates, and Janet Morrison. Thank you also to Ladies of the Lake Red Hats and Queen Katharine Stockman for the donation.

The Food Shelf has received energy-saving window and door insulation from the Charlotte Energy Committee to distribute to all families as needed. Thank you! We recently received a large order from the Vermont Foodbank to help restock our freezer and shelves. Thank you to our generous donors who have enabled the Food Shelf to distribute diapers and other supplies for babies to our families in need.

Thank you to Peggy Sharpe and the Charlotte Senior Center for the complimentary lunch passes for Monday lunch at the Center for our Food Shelf recipients. We appreciate the Senior Center volunteers who prepare these lunches.

In addition, a big thank you to an anonymous donor who donated a large number of children’s books during the holidays. We appreciate this, and the kids treasure the books!

New volunteer
We welcome new volunteer Victoria Rosen and look forward to working with you!

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
The Charlotte Food Shelf is located on the lower level of the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry. Distribution days/times are posted in this newspaper and on the bulletin board in the Charlotte Congregational Church Hall. You may also call the Food Shelf number at (802) 425-3252 for a recording of the distribution times. 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 2017 Charlotte Food Shelf Distribution Dates
Wednesday, Feb. 22, Mar. 8 and Mar. 22, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, Mar. 9 and Mar. 23, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.