NORTH CONWAY FOOD DRIVE OVERWHELMING SUCCESS

by Christian Mower on November 17, 2011

ORGANIZERS OF THE 10TH ANNUAL VAUGHAN COMMUNITY SERVICES MOUNT WASHINGTON RADIO GROUP FOOD DRIVE IN NORTH CONWAY SAY A RECORD NUMBER OF 442 FROZEN TURKEYS WERE DONATED WEDNESDAY, SHATTERING LAST YEARS RECORD OF ABOUT 275 AND FAR EXCEEDING THIS YEAR’S GOAL OF 350.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE GIBSON CENTER IN NORTH CONWAY SAYS HIS FREEZERS WERE FULL AND HE COULDN’T HOLD ANY MORE TURKEYS – AND SHERMAN FARM IN EAST CONWAY OFFERED USE OF EXTRA FREEZER SPACE.

MORE THAN $4,300 WERE CONTRIBUTED BY INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES, IN ADDITION TO FOOD ITEMS THAT FILLED MORE THAN 1,000 GROCERY BAGS.

CENTER CONWAY FIRE CHIEF AND BAKER RAY LEAVITT WAS AN EARLY TURKEY CONTRIBUTOR AND BUSINESSMAN BUZZ COLEMAN UPPED THE ANTE CONSIDERABLY A SHORT TIME LATER WHEN HE DROPPED OFF FOUR DOZEN TURKEYS.

VAUGHAN ADMINISTRATOR DENISE LEIGHTON SAYS SHE’S VERY GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED AND TO THE DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED SORT AND CARRY THE DONATED FOOD DURING THE 12-HOUR DRIVE AT THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL.

AS 93.5 WMWV AND MAGIC 104 BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE EVENT FROM 6 A.M. TO 6 P.M., VOLUNTEERS – INCLUDING SOME SCHOOL CHILDREN – PITCHED IN TO HELP WITH THE DONATIONS.

LEIGHTON SAYS THE NEED FOR DONATIONS IS PARTICULARLY GREAT THIS YEAR BECAUSE FOOD PANTRIES ARE GETTING LESS FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FOOD BANK. WEDNESDAY’S DONATIONS WILL RESUPPLY VAUGHAN AND FEED SEVERAL HUNDRED FAMILIES – INCLUDING A NICE THANKSGIVING MEAL – FROM PANTRIES AT THE BROWN CHURCH IN CONWAY, BARTLETT JACKSON, GLEN, FREEDOM, MADISON AND TAMWORTH.