The Day Before the 19 Days

Tomorrow is December 1st, the official beginning of the"19 Days of Norwich, Hanover, White River Junction, Lyme & Beyond." It is the fifth year of this annual charitable campaign benefiting the Upper Valley Haven. At the most basic level, this is a story of local businesses who pledge to donate 1% of their profits from sales over the first 19 days of December to the Haven. 

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But that is the simplest part of a much larger story. See, what these 19 days are really about is the extraordinary generosity, kindness, and humanity of the people of the Upper Valley community. The 19 Days are about the different ways we take care of each other. The 19 Days are about how we all see and understand that thousands of small gestures end up having a tremendous impact on individuals and families across our region. The 19 Days are about how pennies and nickels and jars of jam end up changing the lives of our neighbors. The 19 Days, most of all, are about how local people work together to help other local people "find hope and discover possibility," as the Haven says. 

So, over the next 19 days, we'll be posting 19 stories about the different ways Upper Valley citizens are making a difference in their communities. Each day, we'll check in with people at 19 Days-related events. We'll hear why people give, and what a difference it makes. We'll have some fun along the way, so check back tomorrow for the first of the 19 Days of Norwich, Hanover, White River Junction, Lyme & Beyond.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all 19 Days donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $125,000. Make sure to label your donation as "19 Days" in order to get the matching funds.

For the 19 Days Pet Contest, click here.

For the 19 Days Auction, click here.

To make a donation directly to the Haven, click here.

For background on the 19 Days, click here.

N.B. We are using Dan & Whit's as the umbrella posting organization, but the stories will come from all over the area. For a list of participating businesses and organizations, click here


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