Who We Are

About the Organization

In the tradition of New England communities caring for seniors and households that experience a lack of resources during the holidays, the Hartford-Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers has worked to brighten lives since 1983. The organization always has been and continues to be staffed entirely by community volunteers, including local Boy Scouts.

With the assistance of social agencies, churches, school guidance counselors and nursing personnel, households and seniors in need in Hartford and Norwich, Vermont, are identified in confidence to the Holiday-Basket Helpers committee. This is a totally anonymous program – the recipients’ personal information is never shared.

Hartford-Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers is approved as a tax-exempt, charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service under section “501(c)(3)” of their Code: Tax ID 26-1651699

Support a Child

Supporting Children in Our Community

Households provide “wish lists” of clothing items and toys. Sponsors from the broader community, including families, churches, businesses, and organizations, are matched with recipient households, and fill the requests for those households. Sponsors may request matching with one child or all the children in a household. Wish list items are delivered to a distribution site, and picked up on distribution day by the recipient household. A food gift certificate to a local grocery store is also provided to each family to cover the expense of a holiday meal.

Supporting Senior Citizens During the Holidays

Senior citizens receive gift baskets containing fresh and canned fruit. Volunteers shop, set up, assemble the baskets, and deliver them on distribution day.

Holiday Gift for Senior Citizen

Give Today

We solicit financial donations from organizations, businesses, and individuals. Funds received are used to purchase food gift certificates for families and seniors, supplemental fruit for senior baskets, and gifts for any unsponsored children, as well as to support the minor administrative costs of the program.

In 2021, the presence of COVID-19 unfortunately requires us to maintain last year’s contactless model of support for our families and seniors, as well as our volunteers. Appropriate procedures will continue to be maintained to protect everyone involved.

Our Committee Members

  • Amanda Childress
  • Sophia Crawford
  • Marisa Donovan
  • Clare Forseth
  • Laura Gillespie
  • Kari Jo Grant
  • Sue Pitiger
  • Colleen Rozzi