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  •  A bunch of food arrived at the Upper Valley Haven (3+ / 0-)

    While I was there yesterday. It was AMAZING!

    The shelter has become a distribution center for the area Red Cross due to the massive need and the shelter's available space.

     Much of the food is being boxed up in care packages and shipped to affected communities - the Red Cross lets the shelter know what's needed where, and volunteers build packages based on need.

    To give an idea as to how basic the needs are right now: one of the most common requests: tooth brushes. Imagine losing so much that even a toothbrush is beyond your grasp.

    The Haven has issued a warm thank you and a list of what would be helpful right now. There will be ongoing needs:

    A warm thank you to the Upper Valley community and beyond! The generosity we are seeing from local towns – and from areas as far away as New York City, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida and California – is phenomenal! The teamwork among communities has been inspiring; we are all partnering in a massive collection effort for those needing resources, and then redistributing to fill the particular needs of each area. Today we found ourselves sending a box truck full of food, bedding, towels and other supplies to Bridgewater and West Woodstock (in partnership with Woodstock’s Hand-In-Hand Community Service), while at the same time receiving a carload overflowing with clothing from the community collection at the Masonic Hall in Woodstock. This is the wonderful give and take that’s been rippling through the Upper Valley, ensuring that no one goes without hope and resources during these trying times.

    1. Current Haven Food Needs:
     -          All refrigerated items such as meats, eggs, butter and margarines (we have adequate refrigerator and freezer space)
    -          Paper plates, plastic cutlery, cups, napkins & foil*
    -          Cheese
    -          Milk
    -          Cases of yogurt
    -          Baby formula
    -          Meals in cans
    -          Individual juice boxes and other drinks
    -          Canned fruit
    -          Spaghetti sauces
    *The Haven usually tries to limit the use of plastics and individually wrapped foods to protect our natural environment, but in this circumstance those receiving meal donations need supplies to eat and store these foods.

    2. Clothing & Bedding – we have enough at this time

    We have collected adequate clothing and bedding to serve “Phase One” of emergency needs, but know within time supplies will dwindle. We are requesting that people HOLD ONTO & STORE clothing and bedding, and continue to check our website regularly to determine which supplies are in current demand. We know that within time, during “Phase Two” of the community’s recovery, there will be significant needs but we cannot predict  right now specifically what and when these will be. Please continue to partner with us!

    3.  Hurricane Irene Fund

    Through our Outreach Program, the Haven has set up a fund specifically to help storm victims with various emergency needs. All funds donated go directly to those who have been devastated by the natural disaster. For example, this week we were able to give a West Hartford woman whose home was flooded the funds to fix her car that was damaged by the storm so that she could at least continue to travel to her work and maintain employment. If you know of anyone whose emergency situation could be made manageable with modest financial help please urge them to call us. Our case managers are trained and available all year round to work with people to find solutions in moments of severe challenge and crisis.

    To donate food and supplies please stop by the Haven. To donate funds you can send a check, call with a credit card number, or make a contribution online.

    See the web site for phone number and address info.

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