The final pieces are being put together. We’re almost there. We have raised enough funds to feed 1,000 people this year. A monumental jump from last year, when we fed about 650 people. I’m verklempt.
On November 23rd at noon, we will be meeting at a new clubhouse called Area 23 (875 Page St., Manchester) to assemble the deliveries. This is a lot of work, and I’m grateful to the owners for inviting us to use their massive space. We totally outgrew last year’s space, evident in that we were wall-to-wall people and bags. Every delivery is different – you have your family of five, your single elderly folks, your diabetics and vegetarians. We aim to meet individual needs so that resources are not wasted. We buy the food in bulk, however, so it takes quite a lot of planning and many volunteer hours to get everything sorted and ready to be delivered. I expect we will be at Area 23 for about 5 hours; you’re welcome to come and go as it suits you. Every little bit helps. Due to our method of organizing, you will not be obligated to stay for any particular length of time. This should suit families with small children well, for example. Please note, this is a potluck event – I encourage everyone who comes to bring a food or drink or dessert to share. We need to keep our energy up!
On November 24th at 10 AM, we are reconvening at Area 23 to start making deliveries. Our first stop will be the Manchester Market Basket to pick up the pre-ordered perishables that they’ll be storing for us. From there we’ll split up and start making deliveries. Delivery happens in two ways:
- We have a bus-and-U-Haul caravan that will be hitting the concentrated areas, specifically apartment complexes with dozens of recipients. In this way we can be quick and efficient.
- Car routes are being developed that reach homes that are a little more spread apart; I generally split this up into 10-15 homes per vehicle, but drivers are free to do as many as they like.
You’re welcome to participate in either way; as of this posting, all the seats on the bus have been reserved. We have about 13 cars signed up to do the car routes and I’m hoping to get a total of 20 cars signed up. You can sign up by emailing me at ShireSharing@gmail.com or by commenting in the Facebook event for delivery. I recommend bringing along at least 1 partner; if you need help finding a partner, let me know. Note – if you ride the bus, be prepared for worst-case long hours. We will stop for bathroom breaks and food/drink as needed.
Paul Best in Nashua is organizing the Nashua-area liberty folks to do the deliveries meant for their town. He and his wife will be picking up the Nashua-area deliveries from Area 23 the night before and bringing them to Nashua; on delivery day, volunteers will drive Nashua car routes to make deliveries. The bus-and-U-Haul caravan is only going to Concord. You can do car routes with the Nashua folks, or do any of the others I’ll be making available. If you want to help specifically in Nashua, please contact Paul via their Facebook event.
In other -SPECTACULAR- news: some folks up in Grafton were inspired to run their own little Shire Sharing this year. They’re all members of the beautiful Peaceful Assembly Church. They’re currently working to find families in need. I’m really happy and pleased with what they’re doing. It’s a really wonderful church and I recommend visiting them sometime soon. Check out their Facebook Group if you have questions or would like to donate to their Thanksgiving project. The first time I visited their church, I was pleasantly surprised to find Tolstoy mentioned in their church literature. He’s one of my favorite authors and is said to have inspired Ghandi.
As usual, our Facebook Group is where it’s at. This is where all our main communication goes down, so I encourage you to join it.
Thanks so very much to all donors and volunteers. People give me many congratulations for the success of Shire Sharing, but all I really do is make calls, fool around with social networking, try to update this dumb WordPress website, and make excel spreadsheets out the whazoo. As if it isn’t obvious, there’s simply no way this would happen if it weren’t for the hundreds of passionate liberty-oriented folks out there, donating their money and time. We have but one life to live, and you guys are giving little pieces of your lives to better your community. I think there’s nothing more noble. Okay, except maybe if there was a burning building, and you saved all the people inside, and the people were actually little puppies with big dewy eyes, and definitely a few litters of kittens hungry to nurse from their mama cat, and probably there’s ice cream. Save the ice cream.
Anyway, this is going to be AH-MAZING.