December 14th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
Looking for creative Christmas gift idea? Here’s a stocking stuffer for the person who has everything. Skip the Charlie Brown tie or paisley pashmina and give the gift of a food donation in honor of your hard-to-shop-for friend or family member. They’ll be happy (and surprised) to know that your gift to them is helping the 1 in 5 children in Vermont who experience hunger on a regular basis. It’s hard to believe that hunger is a daily reality for so many Vermonters but according to Hunger Free Vermont, 13% of all VT households are food insecure with 85,000 Vermonters unable to afford enough nutritious food.
In Brattleboro, you can find several locations and agencies taking food donations during the holidays. Perhaps the easiest way to donate is to visit any grocery store (like the Brattleboro CoOp shown above) where you’ll find donation baskets at the front of the store. If you don’t want to leave Vernon, stop by our offices at Vermont Woods Studios and drop off your food donation here. We’ll be taking all donations to the Brattleboro Food CoOp on Friday, December 21.
Not in Brattleboro or Vernon, VT? Elsewhere in VT you can find out who’s taking food donations on the Vermont FoodBank website with this nifty Food Shelf Locator. And Feeding America has a zip code locator on their website to help you find locations all across the country that are accepting food donations. Merry Christmas! Let’s hope no one in our communities has to go hungry this holiday season.
November 9th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Reprinted with permission from a letter by Rita Settle to the editor of the Orlando Sentinel
My friend Deana clipped this letter out of the Orlando Sentinel and sent it to me after reading about our American Made Holiday Gift Challenge. We thank Rita Settle for her creative holiday gift suggestions.
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.