The Deerfield Inn and Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern are bringing back the Bring Something to the Table initiative that we rolled out in December to invite guests who come here to enjoy a meal to leave a donation of any amount in an envelope for members of our community who are in need of our kindness. Obviously folks do not just need help during a single fund-raiser and on high days and holidays, so through the spring and summer, starting in May, we will be supporting four different and extraordinarily valuable organizations that do so much good for those who need our help.
Come by Champney’s on a Sunday in May to August, gather with friends; with family; bring a date; and slip something in the envelope in the check holder. Every single dollar helps, and if you can bring more than that to the table, then good for you!
At the end of every month we will draw out a donor name and give someone an overnight stay at our Massachusetts bed and breakfast along with a $50 VIP card to spend in Champney’s when you come for your sleepover. Afternoon tea and Kathleen’s cookies, a full country breakfast, free Wi-fi, $4 off each adult museum ticket, and 10% off in the store as well.
You can come by as often as you want on any Sunday you please, leave some more for those in need of a hand up, and enter the raffle again.
May – New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, NELCWIT, to assist the safe house ad its carers, and protect, feed, clothe, and help the residents through their transitions. Women and children find a haven here where they can be given safe passage, warmth, kindness, and a respite from aggression and fear while they rebuild their life.
June – Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter run by the upbeat Deputy Colucci and her compassionate staff and volunteers. Unwanted dogs, lost dogs, the shelter cares for them all with medical care, good food, walks, and strokes of love. Sheriff Donelan’s office can provide only a stipend, and this shelter is kept going by the hard work and endeavors of the Friends, and more aid is always needed. We need to keep this shelter here because so many people finding a lost dog are reluctant to go all those miles down to the shelter in Springfield, and many dogs will not find the safe and fostering way station they need until they are found or adopted.
July – The Franklin County Community Meals Program. We think you agree that it is just not right that people in our neighborhood do not have enough to fill their tummies. It is especially not right that many children go to bed hungry. FCCMP serves over 20,000 meals a year and they need our continued help to keep this level of sustenance and support going.
August – The Literacy Project – with its commitment and outreach to teach adults and young people, 16 and up, to read, to grow existing skills, to gain a GED, in safe, non-judgmental, caring classes with the knowledge that being literate and having the basic building blocks of education, give one the empowerment to engage in society, to find employment, to gain inner confidence and to find a positive voice.
So please share the bounty with the county and help spread the joy of a good meal, a safe haven, a more positive future, and a forever home. We appreciate you and we look forward to you being the one who might get a gift (beyond the gift of giving) and will win the monthly raffle.