By Susan Ohanian
Let us sing and dance with the reassuring gift of daffodils. And as you rejoice in these signs of winter losing its grip, also rejoice in a child dancing at the Food Shelf. She came with her family, and a bad cold was making her feel quite blue—to the point of tears. The volunteer hosting the Food Shelf that evening offered this little girl a doll that had been donated along with handmade clothes and bedding.
This girl stopped crying, and, hugging the doll, started dancing.
“Dancing, the hidden language of the soul.”
~ Martha Graham
Let’s hope that the person who offered this gift learns of this dancing, a gift coming back to the generous giver—and to all of us who now have the image of the dancing child.
We extend a thank you for the gift of financial contributions from Deborah (Raven) Davis and Janet Morrison.
The next time you go shopping for groceries, think about adding some after-school snacks for kids. On the Food Shelf wish list: Rice Crispies, Cheerios, pudding cups. We also have a need for vegetable oil and toothpaste.
Important Distribution Dates at the Charlotte Congregational Church
Wednesday, May 8, 22: 5:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 9, 23: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
As a reminder, the Food Shelf has some funds available for emergency assistance with fuel and electric bills. You may contact Pat Rodar at (802) 425-3083 if you need assistance.
We are available 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 Pat at (802) 425-3083.
For more information call Karen at (802) 425-3252.
We are a volunteer organization, so all donations you make to the Food Shelf go directly for food or assistance to our local neighbors in need. Should you wish to honor someone with a donation, a special acknowledgement will be sent to that person.
Checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance, P.O. Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445. Thank you.
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.
Please check the expiration date.