If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet and is a resident of Chester or Andover, the Chester- Andover Family Center may be able to help. Call 802-875-3236 or stop in to the Center during business hours.
How We Can Help-
Do you need supplemental food or fresh produce to keep your family healthy?
Are you having difficulty heating your home and need help with your electric bill or propane delivery?
Would a cord of wood or load of pellets make a difference?
Has an unexpected illness caused you to lose time at work and fall behind on your rent?
Is a furnace or car repair bill forcing you to make a hard choice?
Would a warm coat for your child give you peace of mind?
Winter’s chill is approaching soon, and many local people are challenged to keep warm. For the eleventh 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 ten 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.
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. Collection boxes will be found at various locations throughout Chester and Andover and include the Andover Community Church, Chester Town Office, 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 15. The free “shopping” event is scheduled from 10-1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, 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. Left over items will be used by other local agencies. If you have any questions, please contact Edie Brown at 875-3889.