Needs Clothing, Furniture For Rummage Sale,
Black River Good Neighbor Services
will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103
South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 16th and 17th from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 18th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. At this time
there is a need for all sorts of clothing, but especially summer
clothing, housewares, linens and furniture.
Donations of large
and small items will be accepted at Fletcher Farm in the week before the
sale. You can donate small items now at the thrift store, 37B Main
Street in Ludlow, but if you have a large item, please call 802-228-3663
to arrange a drop off time.
Proceeds from this sale benefit BRGNS’
food and financial assistance programs. “This is really a community
effort. Folks donate their unwanted items to us, and we put our
earnings right back into the community,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive
Director of BRGNS. “Although the economy has improved, demand for our
services continues. There are still people going hungry and needing
help with housing and clothing costs; so we keep running the rummage
sales,” said Bridge. The monies raised will help cover the cost of
utilities, heating fuel, food and rent for qualified individuals and
families in Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.
details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor
Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or
. . . and Win a Dune Buggy!!!
Black River Good
Neighbor Services, Inc. is raffling a brand new, just out of the box,
Buggy to benefit the food and financial aid programs that it sponsors.
This vintage-cool ride will give
kids and teens plenty of buggy thrills. The updated dune buggy features
a bucket seat, diamond plate floorboard, knobby tires and terrain
following suspension. For children ages 8
and up, 120 lbs max, it features variable speed, rechargeable electric
motor and steel construction.
Tickets are available at the thrift
store, 37B Main Street, Ludlow. Drawing will be held at the Spring
Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00
p.m. Tickets cost $2 each or 8 for $10. The buggy has a $350 retail
further information please call Audrey at 802-228-3663. The buggy is on
display at the thrift store. Store hours are 10-4 Monday through
The Director's Report . . .
We have just made it through another
successful holiday basket season. Every year it amazes me how hard our
board and volunteers work.
combined with the generosity of our community makes me very proud to be
a part of this organization.
We are installing a walk in freezer.
This is truly a dream come true. It will allow us to take advantage of
good deals on meat and other frozen items when they come available. Not
to mention storing a flock of turkeys during the holiday season. Our
clients will be sure to benefit from this new addition. The store is
rather stirred up right now but will be organized quite soon. We have
just passed the three year mark in this building and will be hosting our
annual “Customer Appreciation Day”, just as soon as we get everything
back in place. Stay warm and thank you for your continued support. If
you get cabin fever come on down, perhaps pick up a good book, or
A Message from
Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS
It appears that winter has finally conceded to the sun and spring is
here. That means we will have lots of store sales and deals in the
coming weeks to clear out the winter merchandise and to usher in the
coming summer season. It also means that we will have a long time until
food drive occurs. Food drives are important to our mission since our
primary focus is the distribution of food to those who are food
insecure. We normally buy food to keep our shelves stocked in between
food drives, but we also rely on some very steady food contributors to
help out. These people are the angels of the organization, bringing us
armloads of food on a regular basis. Some come in once a month and some
more often, but all show a tremendous altruism that makes us all
I praise those who bring food to us, but I also note that there are many
reasons why we still buy food. The primary reason is to offer variety
to those who need our services. While there is no shame in having to
rely on BRGNS for meals, there is also no reason for those folks to
suffer from a lopsided diet. Canned and packaged foods are extremely
important to a food shelf since they provide a stable source for
distribution. We have limited space and limited means to preserve foods
for later distribution. So a can of peas, or a bag of rice, or a
package of cereal forms the basis of our inventory. But eating only
those items is simply not healthy. So we have installed a walk in
freezer so that we can distribute frozen meats and breads; we also buy
fresh vegetables each month to add to the bags that we send out the
door; and now we are adding cheese purchases to that list.
A few months ago we tried to get a grant to start a new program. We
called it “Let Them Eat Cheese”. The idea was to get the grant and then
double it from our donated funds and earnings from the thrift store. We
would then buy cheese (on sale, of course) to add to people’s diets for
the next twelve months. Well, we never got the grant, but we felt that
the program is of sufficient importance that we decided to do it
anyways. We never budgeted for it, but we will find the money somehow
to make sure that we get cheese into our distribution boxes and bags.
This is just another facet of the complexity of juggling food donations
and food distributions.
I also want to mention that our food purchases are carefully balanced
between items offered for sale by the Vermont Food Bank (one of our most
important partners) and items offered on sale at local markets. For a
while last year there was little meat available from the Food Bank, so
we shopped at Shaw’s, at Market Basket, at Hannaford’s, at Sam’s Club,
at Walmart, well, you get the picture. If there was a really good sale,
we took advantage. And sometimes we twisted the managers’ arms to get a
few dollars more. So however we buy, we make that dollar stretch as far
as it can.
We are first and foremost a food shelf that helps with financial
assistance. We are a thrift store only to provide structure and support
to the food shelf. So concern with our clients’ diets is just an
extension of our primary mission.