Cruising Norwich today, searching for new signs of altruism during Day 6 of the 19 Days. Mission Possible: Checking out the designated depots for some of the most requested items at the Haven.
Tuna — a protein for salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, etc. — also supports candles at Re Max Realty. Donations, so far, are slow, but optimism continues to be high.
The year’s top pinch hitter, Norwich Bookstore, which is subbing for the temporarily relocated Norwich Police Department as the location to which citizens can bring jams and jellies, was jumping this morning. So many folks shopping local that we waited ten minutes — happily!— to ask about the jars of grape, strawberry, and other flavors under tomes by authors famous and on their way to famous.
Canned fruit in demand and on display at Ledyard Bank. Said one kindhearted soul, “I haven’t brought mine in yet, but I’m going to bring in a bunch soon!” Reassurances that no one was keeping score — especially on day 6 of 19!— were proffered, to some seasonal laughter.
Last, to the seat of governmental power in 05055: Tracy Hall. Instructional, unsubtle reminder of which item is being collected helpfully pointed out by friendly public employee. Reports of record number of 50+ jars in previous years. Currently not threatened, but the 19 Days are young.
Future visits to other sites — soup, cereal, tomatoes, among others— upcoming in the days ahead. Meantime, citizen generosity on display in participating businesses and buildings around town.
Tomorrow, exploration of how grapes grown in far away areas are a catalyst for Upper Valley philanthropy.
19-6=13 to go!