Helping Kids, One Fundraiser at a Time

Chapters Cook, Sell Used Books to Help Support Operation Santa Claus

Chapter 50 member Melanie Doiron takes part in the chili/chowder bowl.

Chapter 50 member Melanie Doiron takes part in the chili/chowder bowl.

Hazen Drive has been hopping lately with Operation Santa Claus fundraisers. Many of our worksites and chapters sponsor children as a group, and hold fundraisers throughout the year to help pay for it. On a recent Friday, members at the Departments of Safety and Environmental Services held separate fundraisers.

At the Department of Environmental Services, that meant their annual chili and chowder cook-off. Competitors submit entries in several categories, donating their time and materials. If you weren’t cooking, entry to the event cost you a minimum suggested donation of $5.

“For our Chili/Chowder Bowl, we made $330,” said Maria Michel, one of the DES employees who organized the event. “The winner of the chili category was Janice Houston of DHHS with her beef chili submission. The winner of the chowder went to Collis Adams of DES with his clam chowder submission.”

Chapter 40 member Janice-Ann Sinclair again organized the media sale, which raised more than $300.

Chapter 40 member Janice-Ann Sinclair again organized the media sale, which raised $188.

While the chili/chowder cook-off was going down, just across the parking lot members at the Department of Safety were holding their semi-annual media sale, which has always been a successful fundraiser for Chapter 40.

“I would like to thank you all for coming out to our first media sale of the year,” said Chapter 40 member Janice-Ann Sinclair. “The sale was another success: We ended up making a total of $188, which means we can sponsor three kids, so far.”

Sinclair had plenty of thank-yous for the volunteers who helped with setting up, the book sale itself, and cleaning up after. From Chapter 1, she recognized Linda Farrell and her mom, Irene, Jane Lyman, Charlene Clark and Carol Beaudoin; from Chapter 40, she recognized Elizabeth Champney, Kevin McMahon, James Kowalik, Patricia Smith, Brian Lumbert, Kathy Albert, Julie Rank and Sandra Champagne. She also wanted to thank Roger Ordway, Michael Cutting and Nick Lacourse for bringing the books back and forth to the warehouse, as well as Jennifer Jones for letting them keep the books in the warehouse. Books were donated to the sale from the Department of Safety as well as DHHS, Environmental Services and the Liquor Commission.

“Without the help that I get from people that donate books & donating their time I could not do it without them,” Sinclair said. “I appreciate it very much.”

If you missed out on this media sale, you’ll have another opportunity coming up soon.

“Our next media sale will be held on Nov. 10 in Room 112 from 9 a.m-1 p.m.,” Sinclair said. “This will be our last one until next year. So, don’t forget to come out & get stocked up on your winter reading.”

 

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