By Susan Ohanian

 

All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice
~ Joy Harjo, Reconciliation

Most large lectures at Yale don’t exceed 600, but Psy 257: Psychology and the Good Life, informally known as the Happiness Class, proved to be the most popular classes offered in the university’s 320-year history. It was offered only once and then went online. Now, over 3.3 million people have signed up for the free, 10-week version of this course available to the public: The course offers lots of information, tips and strategies, but here are the two essential takeaways: Get plenty of sleep and be kind to others.

Be kind to others. For that, you don’t need to go to Yale. We have plenty of evidence of it right here in Charlotte.

It won’t be warm till the snow gets off the mountain, and the snow won’t get off the mountain till it gets warm.
~ Vermont Proverbs, Wolfgang Mieder, Talk Less and Say More

May the generosity of our community send out rays of warmth to everybody.

Keeping Safe
The Food Shelf continues to take precautions to help everyone keep safe. Anyone who has a fever or cough—or symptoms that might seem like a cold—should not come to the distributions. Also, don’t come if you have been in contact with anyone who has these symptoms. Instead, call (802) 425-3252 and leave your name and number. You will receive a call back to come up with an assistance plan. We need to help families and volunteers stay safe. For emergency food call John at (802) 425-3130.

Financial assistance
Reminder: The Food Shelf has some funds available for emergency assistance with fuel and electric bills. Call (802) 425-3252 if you need assistance.

Check the Food Shelf website for more information about different types of financial assistance and eligibility. Applications are available at the Food Shelf and online.

The website also contains information about other Vermont resources offering further assistance.

The Charlotte Food Shelf, Inc. is a nonprofit organization supported by the Charlotte Congregational Church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, and the Charlotte community. Our organization is run by volunteers, and all donations made to the Food Shelf go directly for nutritious food and assistance to our neighbors in Charlotte and North Ferrisburgh.

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

We offer thanks to people who find many ways to offer assistance. We welcome volunteers.