Happy New Year! We hope that you had a lovely holiday season, despite the limitations of COVID. HANDS, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, businesses, and donors was so pleased to deliver over 1,000 hot meals and giftbags on Christmas Day all over the county.
Almost 200 volunteers donated 700 hours of their time during the holiday season. Supporters purchased items for giftbags, wrapped presents, picked up and dropped off, prepared the meal, made financial donations, organized volunteers, and so much more.
Very special thanks to “A Team” that includes Jordan Anthony, Holly Cluse, Doug Davis and his family, Mitzy Foy and her family, Tina & Tim Gibbo, Jess Hyman & Sean Melinn, Mark Larson & Amy Livingston, Chris Moldovan, Tim Palmer, Charles Reeves, Jeff Solomon & Linda Retchin, and Mara & Spencer Welton. We couldn’t have done it without their guidance, logistics planning during COVID, volunteer management, food prep, and all of the details in-between. We partnered with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Penny Cluse Café, and Temple Sinai to make the magic happen.
One senior said “I’m just calling to tell you how wonderful you made my Christmas. I’m having to isolate and I can’t visit with my children so this meant the world to me.” It shows that each of us DOES make a difference, even if it’s a small gesture. With much gratitude, thanks to each of you for “lending a hand”.
The Holiday Dinner was such a sweet way to end the year. May the new year ahead bring health and better times to all of us!
Charlie Nardozzi, delivering to Loriman & Ellen Brigham
Jackie, putting giftbags in a volunteer driver’s car
Doug Davis, Burlington School Food Project, packaging meals