LUDLOW - Okemo Mountain Resort recently collected thousands of pounds of food for the Black River Good Neighbor Services (BRGNS) food shelf and Christmas Basket Program.
On Sunday, Dec. 19, Okemo Mountain management let everyone who came with three items of non-perishable food, or a children's toy, ski at a deeply discounted rate. Over a thousand skiers took advantage of Okemo Mountain's offer. Many Okemo employees and community members who don't ski donated bags of food as well.
"So many families will benefit from this tremendous show of support that it's almost impossible to express our overwhelming gratitude to Okemo and the generous folks who took part in the day's donation and activities" said Audrey Bridge, Director of BRGNS's Food Shelf and Thrift Shop.
"The Okemo employees who worked so hard collecting, sorting and loading the food also deserve our grateful acknowledgement for their important role in the success of this endeavor," said Jim Fuller, outgoing president of Black River Good Neighbor Services Board of Directors. "Special thanks to Okemo Mountain Resort owners Diane and Tim Mueller, without whose support none of this could have happened."
The Food Shelf and Thrift Shop is currently located at 105 Main St. in Ludlow. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Jan. 10, BRGNS will be in its new location at Ludlows' Armory Community Center Complex building 37B Main Street in Ludlow.
BRGNS serves the following towns: Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly, Proctorsville and Plymouth.
For more information, contact Audrey Bridge at (802) 228-3663.