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Donations Worth $80k Show Heart of South Burlington, Vermont Neighborhood
Orchard Neighborhood has collected more than 7,400 pounds of donations for county organizations
1. www.FoodDrivePlus.org – Folks in the Orchards have organized a "Food Drive Plus" campaign to collect donations for food as well as laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, toiletries, socks and other items families need every day in support of Feeding Chittenden and Community Health Center of Burlington. To date the program has collected more than 7,400 pounds of donations (in support for Beacon and Bel Air Apartment in the Orchard neighborhood)
2. Continue the Love – This program distributes flowers from completed events and weddings to local retirement communities. Hundreds of bouquets have been donated to bring a smile to the community's seniors.
3. Shoveling for a Cause – During named snowstorms, residents help shovel driveways in the neighborhood to raise awareness for Alzheimer's and support neighbors suffering from this disease. Shoveling for a Cause also supports the local Champlain Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's with a neighborhood team and fundraising efforts. http://act.alz.org/
4. Additional local projects include, among others, Project Peonies and Operation Apple.
"It's amazing the difference a small neighborhood can make," Louis Godin, Neighborhood Organizer for Orchard Neighbors Helping Neighbors, said. "If it's hunger, mental health or just bringing a smile, love and kindness to others, it's all worth the effort. Our amazing neighbors' efforts have turned into great accomplishments in our community. More neighborhoods should get involved to support their community."
"Along with fundraising efforts," Godin added, "the neighborhood puts on various gatherings, such as our Orchard Neighborhood NYE Glow Parade, dressing up in lights and walking the neighborhood on New Year's Eve. We provide 'Cheers Stops' throughout the neighborhood that provide a nosh of dessert for the parade goers and the household makes a toast to welcome the New Year."
Video – Learn More at www.NHNProject.org