1. Toys for Kids
Toys for Kids is a volunteer program sponsored by Vermont Marine Corps League. They collect toys for kids in need and have numerous drop off locations right in Grand Isle County. Some of these locations include Keeler Bay Variety, Emmons Supermarket, Hero’s Welcome, Harborside Market, and the Isle La Motte Town Office. You can also donate through a virtual toy barrel and order items to be shipped to JeriHill Hardware.
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2. Voices Against Violence - Laurie’s House
Voices Against Violence serves Franklin and Grand Isle County and as many of us know domestic violence is on the rise due to the pandemic. This organization would greatly appreciate any help to continue their work educating and providing safe housing for members of our community.
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3. South Hero Land Trust
Join South Hero Land Trust in their Grow for a Neighbor campaign! You can volunteer as a gardener or donate to buy seedlings. The produce yielded will be donated to a local food shelf and the seedlings are bought from local farms and will be used for the volunteer gardeners and to create potted plant packets for families at risk.
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Currently CIDER’s Neighborhood Meals program is delivering an average of 650 meals a month to around 45-50 recipients. While they are supported by some funding such as the United Way of Northwest Vermont and Granny Attic, the balance of funding to carry out Neighborhood Meals comes from CIDER’s fundraising efforts. With that said, they would greatly appreciate any help this holiday season!
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5. Donate to a Local Food Pantry
Food pantries accept dry and canned food donations, so nonperishable items that might be in your pantry. They often are looking for goods such as peanut butter, canned soup, whole grain pasta, and canned beans to list a few. Grand Isle County has a number of food pantries; such as the Saint Joseph’s Church in Grand Isle and the United Methodist Church of North Hero.
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