Walk-in Freezer Installed at Thrift
Store . . .
Kuntz, VP of Operations for BRGNS, is pictured as he proudly stands in
front of the new walk-in freezer recently installed at Good Neighbor's
Thrift Store. A crew of BRGNS people helped rearrange the work
space in the store to accommodate the freezer.
Soon after moving to our current location the
directors of BRGNS realized that using four older, stand alone freezers
as we had been doing for many years was inefficient and expensive and
did not allow us to carry as much variety in frozen foods as we would
like. Therefore we made plans to replace those inefficient appliances
with a single, walk-in freezer. It has taken several years, but we have
finally achieved our goal and the new freezer is in place and operating.
Now we will be able to take advantage of quantity buying from the
Vermont Food Bank and elsewhere, and we can offer a wider variety of
frozen foods when they become available. Also, we can store holiday
turkeys and other holiday items without having to buy them at the last
moment. This addition to our operations should serve us well into the
. . . and, Don’t forget to Come See Our
Hearts (on top of our new freezer)
There’s something new in the Black River Good Neighbor Services thrift
store: a dozen colorful,
hearts hanging from a small bare tree. You have to look high to see
them because they are perched on top of the brand new walk-in freezer.
years ago and several weeks before Valentine’s Day, mysterious hearts
first appeared in Ludlow on the trees of the United Church. Local
newspapers called the church to get the story, but no one could unmask
it. The mysterious hearts even made national television news. The next
year, hearts were back at the Church but also at the pastor’s home and
homes of Church members. The third year, hearts showed up on the
bandstand in Veterans’ Park and at many more church members’ homes.
That’s when the United Church adopted the hearts and created Heart
Workshops. Women of the church, friends of the church, even a few men
attended these gatherings to cut, sew, stuff, and string hearts
together. Distribution expanded to community individuals that the heart
makers wanted to recognize for their civic service. In the last two
years, the circle of those recognized has grown, and this year includes
us at BRGNS.
are thrilled to be recognized by the United Church for the community
services we provide. However, such recognition is not new.
Historically, BRGNS was first housed in the United Church about 50 years
ago. Several pastors were intimately involved in creating our
organization, and church members have been strong supporters. Also,
this year the United Church is contributing its local benevolence budget
to us. We are proud to have been “hearted” and thankful for the
continuing relationship with and contributions from the United Church of
. . . and We Made Sure Our
Old Freezers Helped Other Area Food Banks
after we moved to 37B Main Street we started planning for the new
freezer. Once it arrived we were faced with the next question, how do we
dispose of the four freezers that we replaced? We did not want to throw
them away since they worked just fine. But we do not, and never have
sold used appliances and really didn’t want to start that type of
business. Also, over the years we have received help in many forms from
the Vermont Food Bank and therefore we determined to “pay forward” the
help that we had received. Happily we quickly found a need for freezers
at our sister food shelves in Springfield and in Chester. They each
have an active food operation that is similar to our operation and
Springfield also serves daily lunch for seniors and others in need so
freezer space is at a premium for them. We have now moved the four
excess freezers to Springfield and to Chester where they will serve many
needs for years to come.