'Overflow the Opera House' food drive benefits Our Place

BELLOWS FALLS — Our Place Drop In Center hopes to fill every seat at the Bellows Falls Opera House with a bag of groceries on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Overflow the Opera House is the tagline for the event being coordinated by WKVT radio as a way to stock the shelves at Our Place with groceries and personal-care items, filling every one of the theater's 550 seats in the process.

Volunteers will be on hand from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. so donors can drive by and hand off their donations without leaving the car.

WKVT will broadcast live to remind listeners of the event and highlight the work of Our Place. Organizers say the food drive is similar to a successful one WKVT hosted to “Load the Latchis” to benefit the Brattleboro Drop In Center.

Sponsors of the Bellows Falls event are The Richards Group and River Valley Credit Union.

Can't make it to the Opera House on Sept. 25? No problem: bring a bag of groceries to Our Place beforehand and it'll be counted toward the goal.

Items especially needed are tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, soup, crackers, rice, canned meals, canned fruits and veggies, protein items, baby food, juice, cereal, formula and other non-perishable food, and personal care items such as feminine hygiene supplies, diapers, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and soap.

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