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BRGNS Needs Clothing, Furniture For Rummage Sale,

May 16 - 18

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 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 18th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  At this time there is a need for all sorts of clothing, but especially summer clothing, housewares, linens and furniture.

Donations of large and small items will be accepted at Fletcher Farm in the week before the sale.  You can donate small items now at the thrift store, 37B Main Street in Ludlow, but if you have a large item, please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time.

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, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.

For further details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@tds.net.

. . . and Win a Dune Buggy!!!

Black River Good Neighbor Services, Inc. is raffling a brand new, just out of the box, electric Dune Buggy to benefit the food and financial aid programs that it sponsors.  This vintage-cool ride will give kids and teens plenty of buggy thrills.  The updated dune buggy features a bucket seat, diamond plate floorboard, knobby tires and terrain following suspension.  For children ages 8 and up, 120 lbs max, it features variable speed, rechargeable electric motor and steel construction.

Tickets are available at the thrift store, 37B Main Street, Ludlow.  Drawing will be held at the Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets cost $2 each or 8 for $10.  The buggy has a $350 retail value.

For further information please call Audrey at 802-228-3663.  The buggy is on display at the thrift store.  Store hours are 10-4 Monday through Saturday.


The Director's Report . . .


Hello Folks,

We have just made it through another successful holiday basket season.  Every year it amazes me how hard our board and volunteers work.  That combined with the generosity of our community makes me very proud to be a part of this organization.

We are installing a walk in freezer.  This is truly a dream come true.  It will allow us to take advantage of good deals on meat and other frozen items when they come available.  Not to mention storing a flock of turkeys during the holiday season. Our clients will be sure to benefit from this new addition. The store is rather stirred up right now but will be organized quite soon.  We have just passed the three year mark in this building and will be hosting our annual “Customer Appreciation Day”, just as soon as we get everything back in place.  Stay warm and thank you for your continued support. If you get cabin fever come on down, perhaps pick up a good book, or volunteer.


Important Coming Dates at BRGNS:

May 16 - 18:  Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm

August 7:  Volunteers Appreciation Picnic



A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

It appears that winter has finally conceded to the sun and spring is here.  That means we will have lots of store sales and deals in the coming weeks to clear out the winter merchandise and to usher in the coming summer season.  It also means that we will have a long time until the next food drive occurs.  Food drives are important to our mission since our primary focus is the distribution of food to those who are food insecure.  We normally buy food to keep our shelves stocked in between food drives, but we also rely on some very steady food contributors to help out.  These people are the angels of the organization, bringing us armloads of food on a regular basis.  Some come in once a month and some more often, but all show a tremendous altruism that makes us all grateful.         

I praise those who bring food to us, but I also note that there are many reasons why we still buy food.  The primary reason is to offer variety to those who need our services.  While there is no shame in having to rely on BRGNS for meals, there is also no reason for those folks to suffer from a lopsided diet.  Canned and packaged foods are extremely important to a food shelf since they provide a stable source for distribution.  We have limited space and limited means to preserve foods for later distribution.  So a can of peas, or a bag of rice, or a package of cereal forms the basis of our inventory.  But eating only those items is simply not healthy.  So we have installed a walk in freezer so that we can distribute frozen meats and breads; we also buy fresh vegetables each month to add to the bags that we send out the door; and now we are adding cheese purchases to that list.         

A few months ago we tried to get a grant to start a new program.  We called it “Let Them Eat Cheese”.  The idea was to get the grant and then double it from our donated funds and earnings from the thrift store.  We would then buy cheese (on sale, of course) to add to people’s diets for the next twelve months.  Well, we never got the grant, but we felt that the program is of sufficient importance that we decided to do it anyways.  We never budgeted for it, but we will find the money somehow to make sure that we get cheese into our distribution boxes and bags.  This is just another facet of the complexity of juggling food donations and food distributions.         

I also want to mention that our food purchases are carefully balanced between items offered for sale by the Vermont Food Bank (one of our most important partners) and items offered on sale at local markets.  For a while last year there was little meat available from the Food Bank, so we shopped at Shaw’s, at Market Basket, at Hannaford’s, at Sam’s Club, at Walmart, well, you get the picture.  If there was a really good sale, we took advantage.  And sometimes we twisted the managers’ arms to get a few dollars more.  So however we buy, we make that dollar stretch as far as it can.         

We are first and foremost a food shelf that helps with financial assistance.  We are a thrift store only to provide structure and support to the food shelf.  So concern with our clients’ diets is just an extension of our primary mission.

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Rummage 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!!

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