Successful Sale for BRGNS
Again this spring the volunteers and staff at Black River Good Neighbor Services conducted a successful rummage sale at Fletcher Farm on Route 103 South in Ludlow, Vt. and they want to thank the donors, customers and partners in the sale. The weekend of May 16, 17 and 18 customers found bargains galore, contributing to BRGNS food and financial services programs. The sale has come to be a well-recognized and eagerly anticipated event for the Black River Valley, and although the weather did not fully cooperate, the crowds were enthusiastic and the results were gratifying.
Thanks go particularly to the Fletcher Farm Foundation for the use of their facilities and to those individuals who donated the goods that were offered for sale. According to Audrey Bridge, executive director, the ever-increasing cost of food today requires such fund raising events. “The additional cash raised at the rummage sale goes a long way in keeping our shelves stocked. We are very fortunate that we can offer both fresh and frozen food. Our clients are economically disadvantaged, but need not be nutritionally disadvantaged too.”
Although a lot of the food that BRGNS distributes is donated, much is also purchased, largely from the Vermont FoodBank. There, a one dollar purchase equals about five dollars’ worth of food from a regular grocery store. “But even with this buying power, we always need additional food; so the additional cash is a tremendous boost for our program,” said Bridge. The next rummage sale will be held in September, and is already being planned. Anyone who wants to donate goods or time may call Audrey at 802-228-3663 for additional information.