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Middlesex Hands - Best Wishes for 2014

The board of Hands Across Middlesex and our many volunteers wish to express our sincere wish for a happy and successful New Year to all of our friends and supporters. It was a blessed 2013 for us and we hope to continue our goal of helping all in need or crisis. It is, as they say, impossible to list all of those who have assisted our mission—all we can say is God bless you and keep us all safe and comfortable.

Hands in 2014 will strive to maintain its many different outreach programs. The Food Pantry continues to evolve with the addition of a nurse available on pantry days to answer questions and do blood pressure checks. Even the cold months have not deterred our goal of providing more fresh produce. With the addition of the USDA program in 2013, we are able to continue to provide supplemental assistance to all qualified families. 

The cold weather has challenged our programs in other ways. We have an ongoing need for portable electric heaters. Many of our families need to save on utility costs by lowering furnace temperatures and then using a portable heater for the one room they occupy. Please consider a donation of a portable heater if you are able. Additionally, our Clothing Closet, which provides free assistance to our clients, needs winter coats in good condition. All sizes for adults and children are needed.

Many of our programs are supported by funding from our twice-monthly yard sales. One hundred percent of all income goes directly to our programs and mission that operates with all volunteers. Your donations of household items make so much possible. A refrigerator may go to a family without one; a sofa to another family after a fire. Many items are sold and the funding ends up building a handicapped ramp for a stroke victim or replacing a broken toilet in a senior’s home. We sincerely thank you for your donations and hope you will continue to consider us in 2014.

Please feel free to stop by The Cryer Center on Route 33 at Locust Hill and see what we do; we are your link to the community and families in need. Our hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. You can also call 758-2044. Volunteers are always needed.

And again, thank you and our best wishes for 2014.

posted 01.08.2014

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