Addison County HOPE provides assistance to many local families. North Ferrisburgh children donated jars which will be used for homemade soups and sauces. Parents of the students delivered the jars and toured HOPE’s facilities and vegetable garden.
Students enrolled in the North Ferrisburgh Church Vacation Bible School earlier this summer adopted Addison County HOPE, a local organization that helps hundreds of needy families, as a special cause.
At the Bible school, children brought glass jars, caught and released fireflies, and then donated the jars to HOPE.
Families of the students helped deliver the jars to HOPE.
“We saw HOPE’s food shelf, garden and thrift store,” said a parent who wished to remain anonymous. “The children got to see where their donations went and we were all impressed with the many creative things HOPE is doing to help people help themselves.”
HOPE, located at 282 Boardman St. in Middlebury, uses donated glass jars to divide bulk donations of items such as local apple sauce and soup.
This year, HOPE welcomed a summer college intern from Middlebury College, Courtney DeVoid. DeVoid is a local resident who graduated from Mt. Abe High School.
DeVoid said she is managing a garden and collecting donations from Addison County farmers. She cooked up healthy, vegetable soups so that HOPE’s clients, in need of food, are receiving something healthier than canned and boxed items. The homemade soups are distributed using the donated glass jars.
Donated jars and lids, along with other items, will help HOPE's mission to reduce the effects of poverty in Addison County by providing residents with emergency, basic, and enrichment programs delivered in “an atmosphere of recognition and respect.”