September 13 2017

People Helping People Holiday Drives to Kick-Off with Chowderfest

By: Rich Hosford

The non-profit charity organization People Helping People (PHP) has a busy time ahead of it.

 

PHP Board of Director members Janet Fitzgerald and Judy Walsh were at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting to give an update of their holiday season plans.

 

“This is the busy season for us and we wanted to let people know what is on our plates,” Fitzgerald said.

 

PHP is the organization behind the Burlington Food Pantry, the Thanksgiving meal program and the Wish Tree as well as general support for families in need.

 

“A lot of people associate People Helping People with just the food pantry but our mission is threefold,” Walsh said. “The main goal is to help Burlington residents in need with food, rent and all throughout the holiday season by providing a Thanksgiving Meal and the gift tree.”

 

To raise funds for all its work the organization has some upcoming fundraising drives and events.

 

The first is an upcoming Atria Longmeadow Place Fifth Annual Chowderfest on Wednesday, September 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Some of the restaurants that will be participating this year will be Seasons 52, Burtons, Tony C's, Chopps American Bar and Grille, Del Friscos and the Hilton Garden Inn.

 

The Chowderfest is free to attend but PHP asks that everyone bring a donation for the Burlington Pantry.

all we ask is that you bring a donation for the People Helping People Food Pantry.  The Pantry is in need of vegetable oil, ready-to-eat soups (not condensed), pancake syrup, 2-lb boxes of granulated sugar, ketchup, mustard, mayo, dish soap, bars of soap, shampoo. toothpaste and disposable razors.

At that event PHP also plans to show off their new logo and announce their new website. One feature of that website will be to allow people to sign up for the Wish Tree and “adopt” area children and purchase items for their holiday festivities. Fitzgerald said this was important because they had seen more children sign up in the past few years just as participation from donors at the mall dwindled.

“Last year we had 192 children in total sign up and 32 students recommended by school guidance counsellors for gift cards,” she said. “But traffic has been slower at the mall - last year was the first time that People Helping People had to buy the majority of the gifts.”

Other upcoming fundraisers for PHP include the Pumpkin Patch and St. Mark’s Church and the the Capital Grille raffle. BCAT will have the details on those as they become available.


 

 
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