Times are economically tough for numerous families around the country. With the high unemployment rate and rising cost of commodities (milk, bread, eggs, etc.) it is very difficult for people to provide for their families. Organizations like the Helping Hand Center in Troy are assisting people to lessen the burden of these financial constraints. Helping Hand is foremost a food pantry. They also sell clothes and other donated items for about a dollar, which anyone in the may community purchase. All of the proceeds are then used to buy food for families in need. The number of families that need assistance are constantly growing. With that said, it makes it very important for donations to come in.
A big thank you goes out to the Girl Scouts and the young man that helped raise money for our veterans. This was done by the Legion Post on Poppy days. Also thank you to all who donated. 100% of the funds raised will go to benefit our men and women that have served our country.
The ensemble will perform works from classical to popular styles as well as some seasonal pieces. Members of Monadnock Flutes are from the Monadnock Region and Massachusetts. They perform on a variety of flutes, from piccolo to bass flute. Both performances are free. For more information please call 603-242-3482.
As a member of the MUW Board of Directors, I can assure you that each and every dollar we raise is needed desperately right here in our community. Monadnock United Way has a unique allocations process which ensures fiscal and program accountability while meeting the social service needs of our region. The Committee is composed of 22 volunteers from the entire Monadnock Region representing diversity of experience, gender and age. Each individual member of the Allocations Committee commits approximately 100 hours to deliver a report crafted toward meeting the needs of our community.
If your family is unemployed or underemployed, we can help give your children a wonderful Christmas to remember. Please contact the Selectmen’s Office during regular business hours, 242-7722.
TD Bank will set up a Christmas tree in their lobby on Thanksgiving weekend, decorated with tags with a boy or girl’s age and a wish. I invite you to participate in the gift giving. It offers a way for many people who are able, to give a gift to a less fortunate child.
Remember…saving up your pennies and going out in search of that perfect, meaningful gift? You stepped out of the cold into a store all decked out with holiday cheer. You felt that warm, pleasant glow just looking around. Then, you saw it! The perfect present! Once home, you carefully wrapped it and hid it. You waited. Then, at the perfect moment, you passed it over and watched someone’s eyes light up. They probably still cherish it… These simple acts of love and family were enough to make the season bright.
So, this season, pull yourself away from the impersonal, flickering pulse of your computer screen and head away from the grating neon lights and crowds of the “big box” stores. Instead, explore a little store right around the corner. Who knows? You may actually enjoy your holiday shopping. It’s your time and your money, after all. Make the most of it. Enjoy the whole experience.
For more information call Gary Phelps at 242-6790