Monadnock Ledger Transcript – Peterborough’s United Methodist Church provides Easter baskets

Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Published: 03/30/2022 10:49:44

Modified: 03/30/2022 10:48:49

The United Methodist Church in Peterborough is again raising funds for Easter baskets, a program that church administrative assistant Melissa French said is more important than ever this year.

The baskets will be donated to local transitional shelters, which French said are filled with more families than ever due to the intense housing market.

“This year the shelters are so cramped that people are staying a lot longer,” she said. “You have nowhere to go.”

The Easter basket program began in 2016, she said, after the church recognized a community need.

“Nobody made baskets for the kids at Easter,” French said. “A lot of people in the area help out at Christmas time, but we knew how much the kids need something special – not just at Christmas time – and how hard it is for these parents to do something.”

Community members who wish to donate should keep an eye out for Easter candy, stickers, small toys, and books. Donations can be placed in the trash can at the foot of the church ramp or in a box in the hall when the church is open. The church collects for 20 children aged from toddlers to 13 years. The baskets will be delivered to the Transitional Shelters in Monadnock Area, Shelter From The Storm and New Life Home. Donations remain open through April 10, Palm Sunday.

“It just makes the kids so happy,” French said. “It’s always nice to help the kids and we always give them enough to have an Easter that feels normal and it helps them have a sense of normality at a time that isn’t giving them much of that.” . The community has been really great.”

For more information, visit the Church website at peterboroughumc.org/easter-baskets-2022.

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