Food For Friends
The Giving Tree
In December of 1997 the Sunday School at the Congregational Church of Henniker hosted a workshop for children where they could make gifts to give at Christmas at a cost of 50 cents per gift. It was very well attended and after covering the costs, unexpectedly made $174.75. The money was donated to the Henniker town welfare department to be used to purchase winter clothing for local kids in need. This marked the beginning of a long and meaningful ministry.
The program has adapted and changed over the years and is now called The Giving Tree. This is a coordinated effort between our church, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and volunteers of the Henniker Community School. Together we assisted 43 families with their gift giving during the 2018 Christmas season, providing three gifts each for over 114 children.
In addition to the gifts from the Giving Tree, families received gifts from the Henniker Chamber of Commerce Toy drive, handmade wooden toys from Hal Liberty of Bradford, hand knit items from local knitting groups, a plate of cookies from our CCoH cooks, and a $25 gift card for groceries donated by a local business.
Many caring hearts come together each year to see that no one is forgotten at Christmas. It is a joy to witness the loving generosity of so many. Many thanks for all that you do to make this happen.
The Food 4 Friends program provides bags of food for Henniker children in need of weekend food. Bob Hunter orders and retrieves supplies from the NH Foodbank. Each Wednesday Deb Dow and Marylou Pashko oversee three students from Henniker Community School who organize and bag the food for transport home. Each Friday many smiles are generated when the bags are distributed. This program began in the spring of 2014 and is funded completely by donations from our church and community members. Many thanks for your years of continued support.
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