Share blessings with neighbors in need

As the town gives thanks for its blessings of the harvest and of the preceding year this Thanksgiving, it would be particularly generous to also share some of those blessings with those less fortunate.

Placing the needs of others ahead of her own year-round is status quo for longtime Food Shelf Director Val Martell. Last week Martel placed a call to the Shelburne News with a plea to townspeople for money to help residents keep and stay warm over the winter. “Because the coffers are so low…right now I could only afford to purchase three drums of oil this winter. That’s not nearly enough. It’s really scary,” Martell explained. Especially when The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will be another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall throughout much of the nation.

“The need is for cash, not just non-perishable food items, and the food shelf account is dangerously low,” she added. “I really dislike making another plea for money but I want the citizens of Shelburne to know there is a serious need.”

In the past, the community has helped their neighbors in a big way. And Martel is hopeful, as always, that private donations from the community will help these families in need. “The food shelf is grateful for any size contribution,” she offered. “No amount is too small.”

Those in a position to offer assistance are asked to send a check, made out to the Shelburne Food Shelf, to the Town Clerk’s office, PO Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482. Please write the words “food shelf” in the memo section of the check.