A Big Thank You from the Family Center

The staff at the Chester-Andover Family Center wishes to give a huge thank you to everyone who donated food, children's gifts, money, or all of the above to the Center during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

We also want to thank those of you who came to Shaw's in Springfield on Dec. 12, during a live broadcast of Q106, and helped Project Feed the Thousands by filling a grocery bag with food while shopping.

Through this effort, the Center received 80 bags of food and $130 in cash. The outpouring of donations was overwhelming but needed so desperately at this time of year and more particularly this year with so many people affected by the terrible state of the economy.

Donations came from a full spectrum of sources throughout the community, from local organizations to area students. In essence, the Chester and Andover communities, along with neighboring communities, rose to the occasion and provided full support of the Center's goal of providing complete holiday dinners, in addition to their regular Food Shelf allocation, and children's gifts for the 69 regular Food Shelf families and also 10 additional recipients who were added during the holidays. Thank you one and all for your generosity!

Stop by and check out the new merchandise brought into the Thrift Shop on a daily basis. There are great buys on adult and children's clothing, including infants, household items, games, greeting cards, and jewelry. Our regular hours are: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shopping at Shaw's Market on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday can help our Center. Just go online to Shaw's and designate through the Shaw's Reward Program that a percentage of your purchase be given to Chester-Andover Family Center; our ID number is 49001021071. Thanks for helping support the Center.

As always, clothing, toys, household items, and cash donations are always appreciated.

We are located at 656 Depot Street, Chester, our telephone is 875-3236, our new mailing address is P. O. Box 302, Chester, VT 05143, and we now have email cafc302@gmail.com

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