Non-Profits Seek Donations in Winter Months

hopethumbNORTHEAST KINGDOM- Non-profits in the Northeast Kingdom are always looking for donations to keep their organizations running. But with this winter season coming earlier than usual, the need for donations has become even more necessary.

At the Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary, the early winter means they are using more to keep the animals warm. Michelle Barry, Manager of the Sanctuary says, "Most definitely, we've already tapped into our supplies. Made a huge dent already and it's just barely December and so we're perceiving that were going to need more than we usually do to support everyone."

Barry adds that having eight full-sized horses in the barns isn't cheap, "One bale of hay costs four dollars, and the average horse can go through 5 bails or so a week." The farm also has two full-size cows who eat two round bails a week, costing roughly $40 per bail, and the cost of grain can add up to $500-$600 a month. That being said, the cost of simply feeding the animals adds up in the winter time. "The elements of us as opposed to an animal that's kept inside all the time is significant. We need heated water buckets for everybody, so we have the added electricity bill," says Barry.

And it's not just animals that need more help, people do too. At H.O.P.E in Lyndonville their food shelf struggles this time of year.
Hayley Marckres the Administrative Assistant says with business increasing donations are needed more and more. "Over the past couple of years our services have tripled. We're in what we call a food desert, where you only have a certain amount of locations where you can go to buy food. And it might not fit into everyone's budget based on where we are."

Especially in the Northeast Kingdom where everything's so rural. Marckres adds that it's the community's support that helps their success in helping others. "We rely very heavily on the community to help us, it's kind of that thing where it takes a village."

And whether it's money, donated items, big or small, non-profits are grateful to receive anything they can get. Barry says, "We are definitely very, very thankful to everybody who continues to support us and believes in our mission, and really wants to support us moving forward and help us help the animals we do help on a regular basis." Marckres adds, "A little bit we can get definitely helps us. To make sure we can keep providing services for our community. "

H.O.P.E is located in Lyndonville and the Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary is located in East Burke.

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