Hilltown Digest: Holiday Help launches gift program for children


WORTHINGTON – Hilltown Holiday Help started its efforts in 2021 to give gifts to children in need in Hilltowns.

“We have been doing this for over 20 years,” said Kim Savery, community programs director for Hilltown Community Health Centers.

Last year more than 100 children were given gifts as part of the community event, a collaboration between Hilltown Community Health Centers and the Gateway Regional High School National Honor Society with the support of other organizations. This year the organizers expect an even greater demand.

Hilltown Holiday Help provides toys, clothes and books to children from low-income to low-income families. It has also supplied wooden cords, holiday meals, utility bills, and gifts for teenagers and adults to needy families.

Wish list forms for those in need can be collected from the Hilltown Community Health Center staff from October 25 through November 26 and requested from the organization by phone and email. Savery can be reached for these inquiries at 413-685-3500 and [email protected]

Gifts will be delivered to the curb or picked up from December 8th to 10th. Families with children 12 and under living in Hilltowns can participate in the program.

People can donate at gofund.me/07d58b7c or send checks to Attention of Kim Savery c / o HCHC Finance Office at 58 Old North Road, Worthington 01098 with checks on HCHC (Hilltown Community Health Centers) and Holiday Help in the memo. Donations in kind as well as donations in kind are welcome.

Savery said that every year employees at Hilltown Community Health Centers look forward to and volunteer for the fundraiser.

“We have a ball,” said Savery.

Church hosts spaghetti dinners

Haydenville Congregational Church is hosting an Italian dinner fundraiser where those who place orders can pick up their food on November 6th.

Rev. Donald Morgan, pastor of the church, said the fundraiser money will be used for general church expenses.

“It’s very important, especially this time of COVID,” he said of the fundraiser. “This will help us to continue and hold our budget.”

Morgan also said the church is still meeting through Zoom and has not yet resumed personal services, although he said the mood in the church was “very good” and that there is hope that personal services will resume soon be included.

Dinner consists of homemade lasagna with a vegetarian or meat sauce, salad with Italian dressing as a side dish, rolls and a homemade spice cake with buttercream frosting. Each meal costs $ 20 and serves a generous amount of food to one person.

“With that many orders, we can prepare up to 150 meals,” said Trish LaFreniere, the Church’s senior fundraising organizer.

LaFreiniere also said that she has an excellent team of people to help her.

Dinner orders can be placed through Saturday October 30th at haydenvillechurch.org.

Food will be picked up on November 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the main church 141.

“It will be delicious,” said LaFreniere. “It’s homemade sauce.”

Plainfield firefighters undergo key training

Three Plainfield Firefighters completed Basic Six training this month, bringing the number of firefighters who completed this vital training to six in 2021.

Plainfield Fire Chief David Alvord said the training provided basic high-level fire instructions.

Olan Thompson, Ron Weeks and Andrew Provost spent six days on six consecutive weekends in training, culminating in a live fire drill in the fire building in Sunderland.

The firefighters received 44 hours of training in areas such as ground fire and safety, search and rescue, and hose operations.

“These are all issues that are critical,” said Alvord.

Brandon Nevins, Dan Shearer and Lt. Jamie Wooldridge also completed Basic Six Training in the spring.

Bera Dunau can be reached at [email protected]

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