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May 13th

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BRGNS Offers Back To School Supplies

While going back to school this year may look very different, most kids will be needing basic school supplies, shoes and clothing. Black River Good Neighbor Services has assisted many area families over the years with those supplies and this year is no exception. In keeping with its tradition, the “Back to School Supply Project” is now under way.

Applications for school supplies are available at the thrift store, food shelf and on the BRGNS website. Families who have children in school and live in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Cavendish, Proctorsville or Plymouth are eligible.

There is a great and expanded selection of supplies this year and families are encouraged to apply during the month of August. Please call 802-228-3663 with questions or for an application. 

BRGNS Cancels Fall Rummage Sale

Usually Black River Good Neighbor Services spends August preparing for a major fundraiser – the fall rummage sale. Not so in 2020. Regretfully, the BRGNS Board of Directors has decided to cancel the fall rummage sale out of concern for the safety of shoppers and staff. “This is a very difficult fiscal decision for us since the fall sale is a major source of revenue to get us through the winter months, but at the same time it is an easy health and safety decision for us in light of the pandemic,” said Lou Krefski, Board President. “We’ve been through several dozen rummage sales now and it is always the same, physical distancing is not possible and even with masks the interior spaces at Fletcher Farm cannot ensure any measure of safety.”

For over twelve years BRGNS has held its rummage sale twice each year at Fletcher Farm. The volunteers and staff usually begin gathering items during the summer and then fill the barns and other buildings with clothing, furniture, household goods, and Christmas merchandise. Tents are raised and goods are priced to sell. “The effort to put this sale together requires an enormous amount of labor in close quarters for many elderly volunteers who we really don’t want to put at risk,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director. “They and our customers should not jeopardize their health for this effort.”

The BRGNS thrift stores are open and the food shelf still operates with a full staff. “We are approaching this difficult pandemic one day at a time, one problem at a time. While the rummage sale will not happen, our donors are helping us get through,” said Krefski. Donations can always be made to the food shelf at 37B Main Street in Ludlow, or through this website

For further information about the food shelf or to volunteer, people are encouraged to call 802-228-3663 or visit on the web.