How many people can feel good about a single jar of peanut butter?

Think about this for a second: At the food drive by Boy Scout Troop #253 in Norwich, dozens of people were dropping off non-perishable food items for the Haven. Little towers of peanut butter, clusters of soup cans, and rattling boxes of pasta accumulated in rapid fashion. On its own, this type of kindness and generosity is cause enough to celebrate.

But when the scouts were asked what people were saying, the reply was remarkable. The scouts said that people were thanking them for organizing the food drive as part of the 19 Days of Norwich and Beyond. Of course, the scouts, in turn, were thanking the people making the donations. So let's follow the trail for a minute: boy scouts organize food drive. Upper Valley people donate food. Both sides give and get gratitude. At the end comes the most important link in the whole chain, namely the families and neighbors and individuals who ultimately benefit from the donated food. That's the power of community on display, identifying challenges and finding solutions that allow everyone to receive something that lets them stand a little taller in their day.

Note the yellow sign on the Historical Society's Door...19 Days

Down the street at the Norwich Historical Society, visitors were depositing canned goods for the Haven, too. As they sipped on hot cider and toured the various rooms, the holiday spirit was in full display. One of the angels who made the rounds to participating businesses in White River Junction on day 1 of the 19 Days shared that, afterwards, a group had retired to a local watering hole because, well, after so much time soaring like an angel, one can use a little time to come back down to earth.

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Tomorrow, we'll explore the phenomenon that is the 19 Days Pet Contest.

19-2=17 days to go...

Daily Reminders:

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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