With cold weather moving in and the holidays approaching, we are collecting cold weather essentials for their annual Mitten Tree drive. New handmade or store-bought mittens, hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off at Merrimack branch locations. Nonprofits in need of these items should contact the Bank office closest to them. A complete list of offices and hours are available at themerrimack.com.
“The Mitten Tree is a simple way for community members to get in the spirit of the holidays by helping those in need of food and warm clothing,” said Linda Lorden, President of the Merrimack. “We look forward to contributing to food pantries and organizations throughout in Concord, Bow, Contoocook, Hooksett, Nashua and beyond.”
A donation of $2 for every item collected through December 31 will be evenly divided and awarded to:
- The Friendly Kitchen, Concord, NH. Providing meals for the hungry in a warm and caring, non-discriminating environment. For more information, go to org.
- Franklin Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry, Franklin, NH. Providing food to Franklin, Tilton, Northfield, Hill, Andover, and Salisbury. They are located at 2 Central St. in Franklin and can be reached at 603.934.2662.
- Hopkinton Food Pantry, Hopkinton, NH. Assists local households in Hopkinton and Contoocook with nonperishable food items as well as special food allotments during the holidays. For more information, visit org.
- The Hooksett Community Food Pantry, Hooksett, NH. A community project of the Hooksett Kiwanis Foundation, helping those of the local community who are hungry by providing food items. For more information, visit org/community-food-pantry.
- The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Nashua, NH. Provides shelter and food to those in need within the Greater Nashua community. The organization works to end homelessness and to alleviate poverty, as well as the conditions that force individuals and families with children into hunger, homelessness and poverty. For more information, visit nsks.org.