Strangers Helping Strangers is pleased to announce that for the sixth year in a row they will be holding a non-perishable food drive at Strangefolk's 9th Annual Garden of Eden Festival. The festival, presented by Wormtown Trading Company of Worcester, MA, is Strangefolk's annual end-of-the-summer gathering and will be held this year on September 4 and 5 at Camp Kee-wanee in Greenfield, MA.
The Garden of Eden Festival food drive is Strangers Helping Strangers' largest annual food drive, bringing in nearly 35% of the total food collected since the organization began holding food drives. The food collected this year will go to benefit the Franklin County Community Meals program in Greenfield, MA.
A web site has been created with more information regarding this food drive and the incentives for those who donate. Please visit it here.
Past Garden of Eden food drives results:
1999 - 369 items
2000 - 1,255 items
2001 - 3,000 items*
2002 - 1,976 items
2003 - 1,500 items*
Strangers Helping Strangers (SHS) was formed in 1997 by Strangefolk fans who saw an opportunity to help those less fortunate by collecting non-perishable food at various Strangefolk concerts throughout the Northeast and donating it to food banks and charities in the cities and towns Strangefolk played. The first food drive was held in 1998. Since then SHS has collected nearly 24,000 items for charities from Maine to Delaware. In addition to working closely with Strangefolk, SHS has expanded to work with other bands such as the Assembly of Dust, Dark Star Orchestra, Max Creek, Zen Tricksters, Scarecrow Collection, The Unbelievable Meltdown, and many more. SHS offers incentives and prizes to those who donate at their events, including live CDs, merchandise, tickets to future concerts, and much more.
Over the past year, Strangers Helping Strangers has been working towards fully incorporating and gaining official 501c3 non-profit status. A benefit concert was held on May 15, 2004 at Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ in order to raise funds to turn this long-standing dream into a reality. In July 2004, SHS became fully incorporated and filed for 501c3 status. The application is currently being reviewed, and SHS has gained preliminary 501c3 non-profit status.
For more information on Strangers Helping Strangers, including up-to-date information regarding this food drive, please visit their website.
You may also contact Donald Pearson, the Executive Director of SHS, at ExecDir@shstrangers.org or (978) 235-2144 for more information.
And for more information on Strangefolk, the Garden of Eden Festival and Wormtown Trading Co, please visit the festival website.
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