AROUND THE NEK - The holidays for some means a time of serving the community.
Three various projects around town, but have two things in common serving the community and the theme of the holidays.
Gale Galvin with the Northeast Kingdom Faith in action says they operate a food share program. According to vin, begging next week, people can come in and get food that they need from Vermont Food Bank. Vin also encourages that NEK Faith in Action is here for seniors and anyone that needs a place. Also that the group is always looking for people to come volunteer.
“We can always use some help to help others,” says Galvin. NEK Faith in Action also helps with the local Toys for Tots drive.
Toys and helping the local community are the main drives behind the Santa Fund, put on by the Saint Johnsbury Fire Department.
Firefighter Phil Hawthorne says the Santa Fund has been put on by the Fire department for over sixty years. He has been helping with the Santa Fund for the past two years. He says members of the community donate monetarily money to allow the Fire Department to shop for toys.
Hawthorne says the Saint Johnsbury Fire Department and Passumsic Savings Bank are the two locations where checks and money can be dropped off. According to Hawthorne people also donate the toys directly to the Fire Department, which they can do year round.
The fund helps out children in Danville, Lyndonville, Saint Johnsbury, Waterford, Barnet, Kirby, and Waterford. Last year they served over five hundred families. The families they help out also receives a food box, which has all the makings for Christmas dinner.
The Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging launches a tree of lights during the December holiday season. The council encourages and invites anyone to participate, and honor the cherished memory of a loved one and remember them during the season. With this event, the council also acquires donations, these funds are used to help older Vermonters who may find themselves without food or fuel for the long winter months.