Hot Cocoa for Sandy Relief

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November 14, 2012 by Colleen Morris

Local families and kids, including my two cuties, will be serving up hot chocolate for Hurricane Sandy relief this Saturday November 17th from 10am-2pm at the Whole Foods in Darien, Connecticut.

Its kinda like an indoor winter version of a lemonade stand! Cute kids (and their parents) will be paying it forward. Good reminder especially Thanksgiving week.

Folks can donate any amount $5, $10, $15, $20. Whatever your pleasure! Cash collected will go to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and Community Plates. Both organizations will assist in feeding Sandy victims and hungry families in the area.

The Food Bank’s stock has been completely depleted because of Sandy. They are now short 18,000 turkeys!

You can also donate non-perishable food or a needed item like work gloves, masks, garbage bags, flashlights, C/D batteries or bleach. More devastated areas in New Jersey and New York are still cleaning up and have a long way to go before they can rebuild. A good reminder “Restore the Shore!”

Either donation will get you a small cup of hot cocoa. Give a little. Get a little.

A huge thanks to Whole Foods in Darien for donating the hot chocolate and use of their cafe space. And of course, jumping immediately on board with this fundraising idea that my friend and I pitched them at a very informal meeting with my 2 year old.

Whole Foods created the attached flyer and are using their community relationships to help get the word out and market the event. Plus, the traffic in the store days before Turkey Day is sure to help raise funds!

And most importantly, I’d like to extend a very sincere heart-felt thank you to the 20 families and their kids who are volunteering to pour some hot cocoa on Saturday. Thank you so much for helping, especially my new good friend (you know who you are!) who recruited everyone! Thank you. Thank you.

And thanks to everyone in the community willing to post our flier on their bulletins or tweet about it on twitter! You guys rock!

We can’t pull this off without all of your efforts! It takes a village. And I’m really proud to be a part of this village today, and see everyone’s heart and sense of giving and helping others affected by Hurricane Sandy.

If you’d like to help, please share our flyer! Tell your friends, your neighbors, your kid’s school! And please stop by our fundraiser this Saturday. We’d all be delighted to pour you a cup of hot chocolate!

Colleen Morris, proud Burbs mom



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