Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably in the world.
Local postal employees will gather food donations from the general public on Saturday, May 9th this year to benefit local food shelves across Vermont. As the food shelf for Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth, Black River Good Neighbor Services urges all postal patrons to donate.
The need for food donations never diminishes, and right now Black River Good Neighbors especially needs canned fruit, fruit juice, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, canned meat, rice mixes, raisins, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, coffee, tea, condiments, flour, sugar, toilet paper, cereal and shampoo.
All citizens need to do is to place boxes or cans of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 9th. The carrier will do all the rest. The food is taken back to a postal station, sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry. There, it is available for needy families. For more information about the food drive, please contact your local post office. For more about Black River Good Neighbor Services, please call 228-3663.
BRGNS has employment
opportunities - for a
Thrift Store and Food
- fill out the employment application by clicking
HERE and send it or email it to
Audrey Bridge at BRGNS.
The Director's Report . . .
It is cold outside; it would be a great time to clean out linen and clothing closets, not to mention those drawers and cabinets…..Today the temperature is 4 degrees. We have little to no winter outer wear left. This is something families can never seem to get enough of. The other thing we are incredibly short on is clothing for school age children, especially boys.
Even on a day as cold as this one we are “gearing up” for the Spring Rummage Sale!
BRGNS is seeking merchandise donations for the Spring Rummage Sale. While there may be plenty of winter left the staff and volunteers at BRGNS are busy accepting, sorting, and boxing merchandise for delivery to Fletcher farm for the spring sale to be held this year on May 15, 16 and 17,2015.
I am so pleased that the two rummage sales have become such a success because they benefit our food shelf as well as our emergency financial assistance programs. Preparation is a year round operation involving hundreds of hours primarily by volunteers. (However our paid staff handles at least 80% of the merchandise sold at the sales) You may drop off any season donation at any time of the year. Our Rummage sales fall at the beginning of the given seasons, so they are stocked with fresh merchandise, not close outs. Right now is when we look for spring and summer clothing, especially children’s and men’s, as well as any household items including small appliances that are in good conditions? Please remember that all donations are tax deductible and in addition to supporting our programs. Your donations allow your neighbors who may be strapped financially to purchase needed items locally and at great prices.
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 15th and 16th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 17th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Even though the snow is still deep on the ground, right now is the time to donate all sorts of clothing, but especially summer clothing, housewares, linens and small furniture.
Donations of large and small items will be accepted at Fletcher Farm in the week before the sale, but you can donate small items now at the thrift store, 37B Main Street in Ludlow. If you have a large item, please wait until the week before the event. Volunteers are ready to sort and prepare items for the sale now, so please don’t wait until the last minute.
Proceeds from this rummage 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.
For further details, or to volunteer to help please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@tds.net.
Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:
The Castle Restaurant in Proctorsville
will be serving a 3 course dinner, featuring its excellent cuisine, for
$25 - AND on Tuesday's, it will donate 50% of its proceeds to Black
River Good Neighbors
. . .
. . . Enjoy a great meal and know
that you're helping someone else take care of their family!
May 15 - 17 . . . Spring Rummage Sale
Across Our Table
Black River Good Neighbor Services is
primarily a food shelf to help people in need. So we distribute a lot
of food, some of which may not be familiar to all people. We try to
find recipes to complement the food that we distribute and now we are
producing a cooking show to introduce those recipes to everybody. The
show is called “Across Our Table” and features two of our volunteers,
Doris Eddy and Peter LaBelle (pictured above in a scene from an episode
of 'Across Our Table'), who discuss the recipes and the food while
demonstrating. The show is broadcast on LPC-TV and is also available on
(Just click on videos and scroll down to find the episode you want to
We have also typed up the recipes
and they are available by clicking
We hope that you find something useful in
the show and we’d love to hear your comments. Please e-mail them to
May is when we really understand that winter is gone and summer is here. While the snow was heavy and the cold lingered a bit too long this year, all of our activities move forward towards those warm days of summer. Here at BRGNS we are marking the new season with our usual Gigantic Spring Rummage Sale. Each winter we put aside those donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, etc. that we cannot sell in the thrift store and put it out at reduced prices for anyone to buy. All of the money raised goes back into our operations so that all donations count towards our mission.
But the rummage sale is about more than just selling. There is a very large network of people behind the operation. Starting in our thrift store when volunteers sort and box up the excess inventory, through the movers who put those boxes into storage, then take them out and bring them to Fletcher Farm, through the small army of helpers who unbox the clothing and other goods, arrange them on tables and then actually sell them, we rely on people who donate a very precious commodity – their time. We simply cannot operate without those volunteers.
Of course the rummage sale isn’t the only operation that BRGNS conducts with volunteers, it just happens to be the big one in the month of May. All year around we rely on volunteer labor to keep the wheels turning. Our furniture store is always in need of people to pick up donations in the Ludlow area. Those couches and dressers and kitchen sets don’t move themselves, and few people can actually bring them to us. Our biggest need is a cadre of people to load and unload pickup trucks to keep the furniture store stocked. If you or someone you know has a desire to help, we can find something for you to do. Just call Audrey at the thrift store – 802-228-3663 – and introduce yourself.