Derry's 'Giving Tree' makes a difference
Christine Fudula, program director of the Sonshine Soup Kichen, and Ray Bonin, also of the soup kitchen, stand Friday near some of of the items that have been donated. The soup kitchen, at 4 Crystal Ave., Suite 4, will distribute donations collected during this holiday season by the Town through its Giving Tree program. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Cards are hanging on the tree, and residents are encouraged to select a card, purchase the items and return them to the Derry Municipal Center.
This year, the Derry Community Fund and the Sonshine Soup Kitchen will distribute the gifts to local residents.
Fudala said the soup kitchen provides the town with ideas for what gifts are needed. She said it’s generally items “people need in survival mode,” like warm winter clothing, long underwear and personal care products such as a razor or a bottle of shampoo.
The Sonshine Soup Kitchen is independent, non-profit and doesn’t charge, Fudala said.
Along with the Giving Tree, donation boxes are located in the Municipal Center so items can be dropped off. This year, there is a need for winter outerwear for all ages, undergarments for men and women (sizes large and extra-large), personal care items and gifts for teenagers.
As always, tax-deductible monetary donations may be mailed to the Sonshine Soup Kitchen, 4 Crystal Ave., No. 4, Derry 03038, or delivered in person between 1 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.