So rattling around Manchester, Vermont, (but mostly rattling around the wonderful Northshire Bookstore), we stumbled across this display.
Honest to God, I thought about this all the way home. I brought two coats, one for snowshoeing/sweating in, and one to wear around town. It was 9 degrees. My windshield wiper fluid froze, which made driving the backroads really interesting.
This display — set off to the side on Main Street — made me wonder how many people have no coats, while I had a surplus. And what a simple idea. Need a coat? Take one. Want to help? Leave one.
We say good on you, Rep. Kelly Luxenberg, D-Manchester, and your common sense approach to a basic human need.
And let us refresh ourselves with a rereading of Gloria Steinem’s “If Men Could Menstruate.”
And thanks, Kimberley, for the link.
While Foodshare’s A Turkey and a Twenty drive did well this weekend, the organization still needs
- 1,000 more turkeys by noon on Monday, just to meet Monday’s distribution appointments, and
- 4,000 more on top of that by noon on Tuesday, to meet Tuesday’s distribution appointments.
If they don’t meet these targets, they will have to turn people away empty-handed. Donations can be made today at Foodshare between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and at the Manchester Highland Park Market from 4 to 7 p.m.