Tenth annual Chester-Andover blanket and outerwear drive beginning

REGION – Winter’s chill is approaching soon, and many local people have a great challenge to keep warm. For the tenth year, churches, schools, and organizations in Chester and Andover have joined forces to collect new and gently used outerwear and blankets. Hundreds of coats, hats, mittens, sweaters, boots, and blankets will be distributed free to anyone who needs them.

In the past nine years, the response has been amazing, with many people taking advantage of the offer. What has been outgrown or no longer needed in one household will be welcomed by other people unable to purchase enough warm things to keep the chill away. This year, we expect even more people to be in need of this assistance because of the poor economy.

To participate in this community event, look through your winter wear and blankets and donate any extra warm things you no longer need. We are especially interested in coats, boots, and snow pants for children. Having items come clean and ready to use would be very much appreciated.

Donations are requested starting now. The collection boxes will be found at various locations throughout Chester and Andover and include the Andover Community Church, Chester Town Office, Chester Jiffy Mart, Whiting Library, Chester Congregational Church, Green Mountain Union High School, Chester-Andover Elementary School, St. Joseph’s Church, and First Unitarian Parish. You may make your donations at any of these locations through October 23.

The free “shopping” event is scheduled from 10-1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, in the Fellowship Hall at the Chester Congregational Church located at the intersection Main and Church Streets, Chester.

All items are free. Anyone may choose from the selection of blankets and outerwear. If there are items left, they will be delivered to the Chester- Andover Family Center and other local agencies.

This project has a lot going for it. By passing on usable clothing and blankets, we are Recycling. By working together and sharing with each other in the area, we are building Community. People will be warmer, our environment will be greener! We all win!

If you have any questions, please contact Edie Brown at 875-3889.

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