This Friday evening, brevity is in order. Modest snow came to the Upper Valley this week. Winter cannot be far away. In informal polling around the Upper Valley, people talked about the Haven. They said things like, "It's a shelter for battered women." "I only know about the food bank." "I hear they do a lot of great work for charity." One volunteer said, "I've seen a lot of grandparents with their grandchildren there." "They helped people get gas so they could get home." "Helping families, food shelter, homeless shelter, housing assistance." "Go through a ton of bread." "I think about coats and snowpants." “Helping people.”
Ponder, for just a second, the range of services that Upper Valley people associate with the beneficiary of the 19 Days of Norwich, Hanover, White River Junction, Lyme & Beyond. It's a catchall, a place where someone can get help, even if just for a referral or a meal or a bed or an idea or a glimmer of hope.
Consider how in the past week we've seen people giving money, peanut butter, pet photos, auction items to help.
It is good.
Tomorrow, we take fruit, bread, milk, and heat and see what happens.
19-8=11 to go!