Donations Enabled $10,000 Match by Anonymous Donor, Bringing the Total to $22,000
Bensonwood and Unity Homes’ annual fundraiser, the Harvest Hoedown, generated $12,000 which was donated to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. The Food Shelf, with locations in Langdon and Charlestown, serves residents in New Hampshire’s Sullivan and Cheshire counties.
Now in its tenth year, the Harvest Hoedown is attended by Bensonwood and Unity Homes’ family and friends and supported by local businesses and individuals who donate raffle items. This year, $12,000 was raised and then amplified by an anonymous $10,000 donation, bringing the total to $22,000. A van full of non-perishable food was also donated.
The Fall Mountain Food Shelf works to decrease hunger and malnutrition, thereby diminishing negative health and social effects on families and communities. In 2017, the Food Shelf planned to accommodate 16,000 family visits to receive nutritious food for well-balanced meals, enough food for at least a week for each household.
Mary Lou Huffling, director of the Fall Mountain Food Shelf, was visibly moved by the outpouring of generosity at the event:
“It gives me great hope to think of all the caring people in our area willing to donate precious time and resources to those less fortunate than themselves. That’s what gives me optimism. And that’s what has gotten us through every day for the past 37 years. The people in our community really care about their neighbors’ well being and for this, we are so grateful.”
The event was organized by the Bensonwood Events Committee, with John McElroy, Julie Bowen, Curtis Taylor, Dave Levasseur and Jeff Starratt managing all of the activities.
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