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Christmas T-Shirt Giveaway
DIXFIELD -- Two charitable activities are scheduled at Log Cabin Craftworks at 31 Main St. at the street light.
Barbara Lane of Peru, owner of Hot Colors Screenprinting and Design in Norway, is holding her fourth annual Christmas T-Shirt Giveaway. The first 100 people who donate four or more non-perishable food pantry items of $5 cash will receive a free t-shirt.
Barbara designs and prints these shirts specially for the fundraiser. Each shirt is unique to the year.
She will be in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Also available will be a raffle for an American Girl type 18-inch doll with two handmade outfits donated by Elizabeth's Hand Knits.
All proceeds from the day will be divided equally between the food pantries of the Dixfield Common and Peru Baptist Churches. All non-perishable foods, personal care, laundry items and general needs items are welcome.
The second activity is ongoing. Donations of cat food, litter, toys, clean towels, money, etc. are being accepted for "Christmas for Kitties."
For several years, the citizens of Dixfield and other area towns have generously supported the "Christmas for Kitties" appeal. Donations are being collected at two locations in Dixfield, Log Cabin Craftworks and the town office. Benefitting from the collection are the cats, both indoor and feral, which are cared for by Brenda Jarvis and her sister, Caddy Smith.
The funds collected are used for food, general care, heating costs and veterinarian fees for the cats as well as spaying and neutering fees. The appeal was begun in memory of Barbara Thorpe, a Dixfield resident who wanted to help the sisters with their efforts. When she passed, they were listed as beneficiaries in her will but in actuality, received very little. Legal proceedings have still not been resolved.
The economy is difficult for all, and family pets suffer as well. Homeless cats, which have been abandomed by their owners, continue to be a problem all over the state. A local group has formed a non-profit organization, River Valley Animal Advocates, and have started a program whose goals include spaying, neutering, caring for feral cats, and offering help to seniors who have difficulty in caring for their pets, especially when they are hospitalized.
Since beginning their work, they have spayed or neutered most of the known ferals in the River Valley area. For more information on how to help or to become a member of the group, call Becky McDonald at 597-2323.
Sincere thanks to all who have helped this effort is years past, and to all who will donate to this year's appeal. For more information, call 562-8816.