Every year at this time, our bounty literally overflows as local farmers slaughter their turkeys and sell off the last of their storage crops. We know it as the season of construction paper pilgrims, funky gourds, sage stuffing, marshmallow sweet potatoes and fresh-baked apple pie. But while many residents have everything they need to enjoy the holidays, many do not.

Every year, the Mad River Valley Interfaith Council's (MRVIC) Turkey Project provides a full Thanksgiving dinner to local families in need, and there's still time to donate food or funds (see information below). But even once November has come and gone, the giving season continues.

This year, you can help ensure families have hearty meals as we come into Christmas and Hanukkah by continuing to donate to the Mad River Valley Food Shelf. You can help your neighbors heat their houses as the weather grows colder by donating to the Mad River Valley Community Fund. You can help those with disabilities get out and enjoy the fresh snow by donating to Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. You can help friends affected by mental illnesses by donating to Hannah's House.

The following are a few of The Valley's many charity organizations (listed alphabetically). If you think of one that is not on this list, feel free to email its name and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

American Legion, 317 Meadow Rd., Waitsfield, VT 05673.
Couples Club, PO Box 1301, Waitsfield.
Free & Accepted Masons of VT, 77 Mad River Lodge, PO Box 448, Waitsfield.
Friends of the Mad River, PO Box 255, Waitsfield.
Global Health Media Project, 30 Common Rd., Waitsfield.
Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 1248, Waitsfield.
Hannah's House, PO Box 217, Waitsfield.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 4376 Main St., Waitsfield.
Mad River Path Association, PO Box 683, Waitsfield.
Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, PO Box 305.
Mad River Valley Community Fund, PO Box 353.
Mad River Valley Interfaith Council for Food Shelf, PO Box 342, Waitsfield.
Mad River Valley Rotary Club, PO Box 267, Waitsfield.
Mad River Valley Senior Citizens and Meals On Wheels, 5308 Main St., Waitsfield.
Mad River Valley TV, PO Box 1275, Waitsfield.
Moretown Fire Department, PO Box 491, Moretown, 05660.
Open Hearth Community Center, PO Box 1023, Waitsfield.
Open Hearth Community Center, PO Box 1023, Waitsfield.
PH International, 5197 Main St., Unit 6, Waitsfield 3.
Rootswork, PO Box 31, Warren, 05674.
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, PO Box 1393, Waitsfield.
Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, 05602.
Waitsfield Cemetery Fund, 32 Vermont Route 17.
Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Department, 9 Bridge St., Waitsfield.
Warren Fire Department, PO Box 337, Warren, 05674.
WMRW, local radio station, PO Box 95, Warren.