Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 19th and 20th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 21st, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The organization is now accepting donations of clothing, housewares, linens and furniture.
If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow or for larger items such as furniture please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time. If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers may be able pick it up if arrangements are made in advance.
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, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth.
Back to School Support
Black River Good
Neighbor Services is initiating a new program to support school children
requesting donations for back to school needs. Audrey Bridge, Executive
Director, said: “Over the years we have noticed that back to school time
places a huge financial burden on our clients with
children. Back to school supply purchases further stress already tight
monthly budgets. When there are several children in a family, equipping
them can seem impossible to families in need.”
Specific back to
school needs vary with grade level and the school attended. Probably
the costliest general requirement is a backpack. Families seeking back
to school support can submit an application to BRGNS at 37B Main Street
starting immediately. Then, when the schools make known the
requirements for each child, families can share those requirements with
the staff at BRGNS. BRGNS assists families in Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount
Holly and Plymouth.
For a list of
items to donate, click HERE.
For an application for school supplies, click
information, please call (802) 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 . . .
Hope this message finds you well and
enjoying the weather. As the summer begins to wind down we are thinking
of all the families that need to buy back to school supplies. For some
families this can create quite a burden especially the ones with more
than one child. We at
BRGNS would like to help……………. Of course we don’t do anything without
your support and generosity. If you would like to help check our
website for a needs list or swing by the store for up to minute
information. We appreciate your helping us “Pack that Backpack”.
If you need our assistance or know someone who does they can get the
application at the thrift store.
Due to your continued generosity and
support we are always looking to assist in new and creative ways
wherever we see a need. If you have any ideas we would love to hear from
Please remember our next rummage sale
at Fletcher Farm is September 19th thru 21st. Now
would be a good time to consider baking and freezing or canning for the
We couldn’t do it without you.
We hope to see you soon,
Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:
All summer -
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!
September 19 - 21:
Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm
Stick Season social
Christmas Basket Packing
Christmas Basket Delivery
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
A Message from
Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS
The traditional end of summer in the United States is Labor Day. Well, it’s just too early when it falls on the first day of September. While we don’t like to see summer end, this is harvest time and many people with summer gardens feel overwhelmed with nature’s bounty. Especially those who grow zucchinis! And tomatoes! One way to share that bounty, without annoying the neighbor who also has a garden, is to bring your fresh produce to Black River Good Neighbor Services. We will distribute it to our clients who must feed a family and who can’t afford supermarket prices.
Many people don’t have the place or the energy to grow a garden, especially a family with many children who live in an apartment or other rented space and who work multiple jobs to make ends meet. We try to supplement the diets of our clients with fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables and meats, since it’s not enough to live on canned and boxed products. At least not in a healthy way. So we try to help. This is the time of year when you can help too. Just bring in your excess vegetables and fruit, talk to Audrey or Keeley and we will find someone who can truly use the produce.
If you haven’t noticed, our demonstration gardens have really been producing an abundance of crops too! Our employees started out with a few plastic buckets and swimming pools, filled them with a little gravel and a lot of dirt, then planted a whole variety of vegetables and herbs and flowers. Now it’s time to harvest. Every day brings some new vegetable that has ripened on the vine or stalk. The point of the garden was to allow our employees to supplement their families’ diets and to show the community how easy it is to have a garden without having a large piece of land. We used a parking lot that nobody thought could ever sustain a real garden. It has worked out extremely well, and we hope that others in the community will emulate our success.
Calendar & Sales
Info . .
Sales at Fletcher Farm -
Semi Annual Rummage Sale every Spring & Fall. Come support your
neighbors in need while getting great bargains. From Clothing, Furniture,
Housewares, Books, Sporting Goods, Toys, Linens and Sooo Much More!! Friday
& Saturday from 10 to 4pm Sunday from 10 to 2. Stop by Fletcher Farm's Rough
Barn for incredible deals throughout the entire barn!!
HERE for Calendar Details
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