Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle
On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the skiers at Okemo Mountain Resort brought food to the slopes to help fill the shelves at Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow. The clients, volunteers and employees of BRGNS want to extend a hearty thanks to those skiers, and also to the Okemo employees and Mountain Ambassadors who so generously helped collect the food.
For many years Okemo has opened their season with the Cares and Shares Food Drive. Skiers donate items of non-perishable food, or a toy, or an item of clothing, and they get a deeply discounted ticket for a day of skiing. The Mountain Ambassadors greet skiers before they get to the ticket windows and collect the items in return for the discounted lift ticket. Cold as it was to stand there for some four plus hours, the Ambassadors came through and their efforts are hugely appreciated. This year BRGNS received over sixty boxes of food along with a dozen boxes of toys and clothing, all of which will be put to good use this holiday season.
Okemo Mountain Resort and Black River Good Neighbors have partnered for many years to help those in need here in the Black River valley. This food drive is just one manifestation of that cooperative effort. For more information about BRGNS, or to volunteer, please call 802-228-3663.