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BRGNS Starts Preparing for the 2014 Version of the "Stick Season Social" Planned for November 1 at Sam's Restaurant

Black River Good Neighbor Services is geting ready for that outstanding social event of the fall!

Plans will shortly be detailed for the 5th annual Stick Season Social which will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 6 PM at Sam's Restaurant.

While details about the great meal, the silent auction, and the rest of the fun affair will be released shortly, you can get a jump on ensuring that you and your family and friends have a seat at the table now. Since there will only be 130 tickets sold, now is the time to get yours!

Click HERE to find out more about getting your tickets! Remember how much you enjoyed last year's SSS event!



Looking for a Job?; BRGNS needs your help!


BRGNS has employment opportunities - for a Thrift Store and Food Shelf Attendant - fill out the employment application by clicking HERE and send it or email it to Audrey Bridge at BRGNS. 

The Director's Report . . .


Hello Folks,

As we put away our rakes and get out our warmer clothing we are gearing up for holiday baskets.  We have put together the following list of gifts for kids, for folks that want to get a jump on their holiday shopping. These are items we will be looking for.
Commonly requested items:
Spin toothbrushes, especially musical
Matchbox cars and accessories
Action figures, (Superman or Star Wars Characters)
Puzzles and games
Arts and craft kits
Paper, coloring books, markers, crayons, paints
Play dough
Barbie and accessories
Jewelry, headbands, nail polish
Baby dolls
Age appropriate toys for infants and toddlers
Pajamas, socks, hats, winter gloves, scarves, sweatshirts
Dora the explorer and Bob the builder items
Sports equipment and posters

We are watching the sales ads for canned goods that we put into the baskets.  Our stuff-a-bus is December 6, 2014.
This can be a very tough time of year for your neighbors because their fuel assistance funds are not yet available but it can get rather cold without heat. Rest assured that we will do what we can to assist if they need us.   If you know of someone in need please, send them our way. As you close up your home for the winter if it seems crowed please consider donating some furniture to our used furniture store.  All donations are tax deductible and we could really use some stock.

We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you at our furniture and thrift stores.

Take Care,


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!

November 1:  Stick Season Social

December 6:  Stuff-a-Bus

December 18:  Christmas Basket Packing

December 22:  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 their website, www.LPCTV.org  (Just click on videos and scroll down to find the episode you want to see.)


We have also typed up the recipes and they are available by clicking here.


We hope that you find something useful in the show and we’d love to hear your comments.  Please e-mail them to BRGNS@TDS.net.  Bon Appetit!


A Message from Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS

By the time you read this, our Stick Season Social may have come and gone for another year.  As our major fundraising event it provides a fun filled evening with good food and good socializing for our supporters.  We are always in need of funds to keep our food shelves filled, but rather than relying on annual appeals, we try to find other ways to involve the wider community in our efforts.  The Stick Season Social is one and we are always happy to see so many people enjoy themselves while helping us too.

But now it is time for us to turn our attention to one of the uses for the funds that we raise – our Holiday Basket effort.  Each December we buy food to give needy families a complete holiday dinner (including leftovers).  We don’t really distribute baskets – we use boxes that we get from the Vermont Food Bank, but the idea is the same.  We begin with the Holiday Stuff-A-Bus at Shaw’s Plaza in Ludlow where we gather the necessary items for a holiday dinner through the generosity of shoppers.  Then Okemo helps out with their start of the season food drive on the mountain through which skiers get a discounted lift ticket for a donation of nonperishable food items.  Specific donations come in from various sources such as Okemo, which donates frozen Turkeys, and Black River Produce, which donates fresh produce.  Then we go to the markets and buy whatever other items we need to round out the menu.  Once we have the necessary items, we assemble everything at our distribution center, the borrowed dining hall at Fletcher Farms.  In one evening we pack well over one hundred boxes and then add turkeys, milk and other perishables at the last minute.  Two days before Christmas a fleet of volunteers delivers the boxes throughout the five-town area that we serve.

All of this is accomplished with the help of a small army of volunteers.  I didn’t mention above that we also enlist help to buy children’s toys and to package them for delivery along with the food.  We also solicit applications through a number of sources so that we get the boxes to the right people.  All of this is rewarding and also fun.  But we can always use more help.  If you feel that you’d like to lend a hand with any part of the effort, please contact Audrey at the store or call Jane Pixley, our volunteer coordinator, or let me know of your interest.  Holiday Baskets is just one of many programs that we run and that depend on the generosity of volunteers who give their time to us.  We’d love to hear from you!


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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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October 27, 2014