The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 5, 2003

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The spirit of giving Local organizations seek help to aid area residents

Isabella Bjork (right) of the Junior Mints Girl Scout Troop, accepts a winter coat donated by Grete Langrind. The Girl Scouts are collecting coats for a local family shelter. They will also be collecting coats at the transfer station on December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

The scientific community came up with a stunning revelation recently: that giving to others makes people feel good. Anyone who's ever put a dollar in a Salvation Army kettle or donated toys for underprivileged children could have saved those scientists a lot of time and money and offered this illuminating news flash, free. Even so, it's nice to have something we know to be inherently true backed up by the experts. Recent studies cited by the Boston Globe even claim that giving of one's self to others results in improved mental health, physical well-being and increased longevity. Talk about a win-win scenario!

At this time of year more than any other, we are aware of the bounty in our lives and thoughts turn to the ways in which we can help others, not out of guilt or necessity, but for the joy and satisfaction (and, as it turns out, the health benefits) of reaching out to share some of our resources.

Therefore, in the spirit of helping others this holiday season, the Mosquito is offering the following list of local groups and agencies that can use your help. Thank you in advance for taking the time to peruse this listand giving of yourself.

Carlisle Aid to the Elderly and Disabled Fund.

This fund helps defray the real estate taxes of elderly and disabled people of low income living here in our own town. Checks should be made out to the Town of Carlisle (with a note on the check specifying the Elderly and Disabled Fund) and sent to Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle 01741, Attn: Treasurer's Office. If you have any questions, contact Susan Evans at 1-978-371-2895.

Concord Family and Youth Services

Provides help for teenagers who are in residential care. Help these kids know their community cares for them by providing gifts such as: certificates to the Burlington or Natick malls, Newbury Comics or Strawberries; stuffed animals, gloves, hats, scarves, sweatpants and sweatshirts and more. Gifts may be mailed or delivered to 380 Mass. Ave., Acton, MA 01720 (on Route 111 across from Roche Brothers). For more information, call 1-978-264-3602.

The Food Pantry on Windsor Avenue in Acton

Accepts non-perishable food donations for hungry people in Acton and contiguous towns. The best days to deliver are Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Community Supper, Inc. is the local nonprofit organization that runs the Food Pantry. For more information, contact Lisa at 1-978-263-8934.

Friends of the Council on Aging

The Friends supply funds and gift baskets to benefit the elderly members of our community in Carlisle. For more information, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell

This is the local chapter of a national organization in which volunteers build affordable homes for low-income families. This group will be constructing homes through the winter months in order to complete three duplexes (six units) on Charles Street in Lowell. Volunteers can contribute their time and skills in building the homes, doing clerical work, making lunches for workers or other tasks. For more information, call 1-978-454-1046 or visit. www.LowellHabitat.org.

House of Hope

This is a temporary shelter providing advocacy and care for 18 homeless families in the greater Lowell area. Monetary donations can be mailed to House of Hope, 812 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01854.

Household Goods Recycling Ministry

The ministry provides household goods and furniture for needy people who are setting up homes, including low-income families, immigrants, fire or flood victims, women removed from abusive homes and others facing transitional housing. Donations include used items large and small, from refrigerators and sofas to toasters and dishware. Sponsored by St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 435 Central Street in Acton. For more information and for drop-off hours, contact Carol Foster at 1-978-369-2276 or Jill Henderson at 1-978-369-6534, or visit the web site: www.hgrm.org.

Loaves and Fishes

This food pantry located in Devens provides donated groceries to those in need. Christmas gifts for children of all ages (especially teenagers) are also being collected at this time. New, unwrapped toys, books and other gifts for children can be dropped off (by December 17) at the pantry in Vicksburg Square, 43 Buena Vista Street in Devens. For information, call 1-978-772-4627.

A Carlisle resident donates food at the post office for Loaves and Fishes, the Devens food pantry. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

The Carlisle Post Office

Collects donations of non-perishable grocery items for Loaves and Fishes. Drop off items in the marked bin in the lobby whenever the post office is open.

Lowell Transitional Living Center

This is a homeless shelter for men and women. The facility provides food and shelter to over 100 people daily, and has transitioned many out of the shelter and into permanent housing. The facility also provides safe shelter to elders. Send monetary donations directly to the center at 189 Middlesex Street, Lowell, MA 01852.

Open Pantry in Lowell

Serves the Greater Lowell area, providing emergency food aid to families on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Donated items can include canned goods, baking ingredients (flour, sugar), baby needs (diapers, formula), coffee and tea. For information on how to volunteer or donate items, call 1-978-453-6693, or visit the Open Pantry at 200 Central Street in Lowell. Items can also be dropped off at a drop box located within the front door at the First Religious Society in Carlisle.

The Open Table

This organization provides hot, nutritious dinners every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 at the First Parish Church in Concord. This group serves 100 meals every week, and provides groceries to those who need them. The Open Table needs volunteers for their weekly dinners as well as donations of groceries. Donations can be dropped off on Thursdays between 2 and 3:30 p.m. in the back of the Concord Council on Aging Building, 105 Everett Street in Concord. Call 1-978-369-2275, visit www.opentable.org, or write them at P.O. Box 42, Concord MA 01742.

Also, Girl Scout Troop 2638 is conducting a food drive at the Carlisle School to benefit Open Table. The girls have placed a donation box in the school cafeteria. Especially appreciated are donations of cereal, coffee, canned fruit, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, jelly and personal care products.

The Salvation Army

Anyone interested in volunteering to ring the bell with the famous Red Kettle at the transfer station between now and Christmas should call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-2895. Even if you're not ringing a bell, please contribute to the Salvation Army kettles at both the transfer station and Daisy's Market. The money collected aids many people of need right here in Carlisle, providing clothing or money for fuel. Checks (made out to the Salvation Army) can also be sent directly to the Council on Aging, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. MA 01741, Attn: Susan Evans.

Toy Drive

Sponsored by the Carlisle Police Department. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police station on Lowell Road now through December 18. The toys will be delivered to the Lowell office of the State Department of Social Services.

Toys for Tots

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off any time between now and December 20 in the designated bin at Daisy's Market in the center of town. Toys for Tots is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. For more info, visit www.toysfortots.org.

Warm clothing collection for

Middlesex Human Services

Clothes collected by the Middlesex Human Services will go to several shelters for men, women and families in the area. Donations of warm, clean, usable outerwear can be dropped off at The Warehouse Store, 52 Bradford Street in West Concord, through December 15.

Warm winter coats

Coats are being collected by Girl Scouts in Carlisle, now through December 13. Gently worn children's jackets and snowsuits, adult coats, hats and mittens are needed can be left in the drop-off box at the Langrind-Murphy home, 8 Bedford Road in Carlisle Center (between the library and Fleet Bank ATM). Items will benefit the Home for Little Wanderers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rosie's Place and the Pine Street Inn. For more information, call Darragh Murphy at 1-978-318-0319.


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