Editor, The Cheshire Herald:
Suburban Garden Club members have been making face masks since April, and have now raised a total of $18,000 to help feed the hungry. All proceeds from the sale of masks are being donated to food banks and soup kitchens in Cheshire and neighboring towns.
Last month we mailed checks to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, the Cheshire Food Voucher Program, the Southington Food Pantry, Master’s Manna, St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, Waterbury Interfaith Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, the Meriden Soup Kitchen and the Hamden Food Bank.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased our masks, as well as all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who have helped us raise these funds. In particular, I’d like to thank the First Congregational Church for allowing us to use the green for our sales; Heather Potter for her generous donation of fabric; and the local businesses who have been selling our masks — including the newest member of our retail team, Olive Henry Fine Foods.
The final socially-distanced sale was held on the Cheshire Congregational Church Green on Saturday, Oct. 31. Face masks make great holiday gifts, and our pricing of $10 each — buy two get one free — makes them affordable too.
Please help us feed the hungry buy purchasing masks. If you weren’t able to make one of the in-person sales on the green, face masks are also available on the Suburban Garden Club’s website — www.cheshiregardeners.org — and at four retail locations in Cheshire: Cheshire Nursery, Main Street Caffé, Olive & Henry Fine Foods and Premier Wine & Spirits.
SGC Face Mask Fundraiser