The Mad River Valley Interfaith Council, consisting of members from the eight Valley faith groups, works to fill in the gap in services from state and federal programs. The council is once again sponsoring the Turkey Basket Project to provide turkey and the fixings to anyone in Waitsfield, Moretown, Fayston and Warren who needs help in celebrating the day. This project has been very successful in the past due to individuals and businesses donating turkeys, vegetables, potatoes, fruit, stuffing and much more to complete the meals. Last year 55 families were helped.

Teens from the various congregations will meet on Sunday, November 20, to sort the donations and on Tuesday, November 22, volunteers will pack and distribute the meals. All donations of food should be received by Sunday, November 20.

People from The Valley towns who wish to receive a basket or a neighbor knowing of a family in need are asked to stop by the food shelf to complete a form, speak with their pastor or contact Arlie at 496-3346 or Suzanne at 496-4109. To volunteer with the packing and/or delivery give Arlie or Suzanne a call.

Food donations can be dropped off at the local churches, The Valley Reporter or by calling Arlie at 496-3346 or Suzanne at 496-4109 to make arrangements. Financial donations should be payable to Mad River Valley Interfaith Council, P.O. Box 342, Waitsfield, VT 05673, or dropped off at the offices of The Valley Reporter on the Mad River Green, Waitsfield.

These items are needed for the Thanksgiving baskets
provided by the Mad River Valley Interfaith Council for our many neighbors in need:

Canned turkey gravy, 10 ½ oz. can; stuffing; cranberry sauce, 16 oz. can; canned corn, peas or green beans, 14.5 oz. can; canned fruit, 15 oz. can; applesauce, 23 oz. can; biscuit mix, Betty Crocker; tuna, 12 oz. can; peanut butter, 18 oz. jar; brownie mix, 20 oz. box; crackers, 8 oz. box; brown-in bags (large size), potatoes; fruit (apples and oranges); butter, 1 pound; cheese, 8 oz. bar.

The Mad River Valley Interfaith Council has a mission of neighbors helping neighbors and continues to help those in need with emergency assistance with housing, transportation, utilities and the operation of the Mad River Valley Food Shelf. Donations for the traditional year-end seasonal programs and ongoing community support programs are greatly appreciated.