This holiday season, more than ever, many people in the community can use a little extra help and good cheer.
That is why Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza in Bennington is partnering with The Center for Restorative Justice on its annual Holiday Heroes project.
The project provides a holiday meal, which includes a turkey or ham, to families in need.
It also provides toys, clothes and other basics to children in foster care “to try to create a memorable Christmas for them and their foster family,” said Kimberly Phillips, co-chairwoman of Holiday Heroes.
When the campaign first started five years ago, it was able to provide a meal to 10 families. Last year, there were 32 recipient families, surpassing the project goal by seven households.
“We hope to make this year even more successful than last year,” said Phillips, CRJ’s adult programs manager.
This year’s goal is to reach 40 families, said Matt Willey, owner of Ramunto’s. “The entire Ramunto’s team is committed to joining with CRJ to do what it takes to make sure families this year are supported and know the community cares,” he said.
Project organizers are accepting cash and food donations until Friday. They plan to distribute the meals and children’s presents on Monday and Tuesday.
Each meal will have the following items: turkey (10-15 lbs.) or ham (10-12 lbs.), potatoes (5-10 lbs.) or two boxes of instant potatoes, boxed stuffing (two boxes) and turkey gravy (two jars).
There also will be green beans (three cans), carrots (three cans), corn (three cans), cranberry sauce (two cans), dinner rolls (one to two packages) and dessert such as brownie mix or cookie mix.
Those who are interested in helping can contact Phillips through the CRJ office, at tel. 802-753-6830.
Community members who have already pitched in include LLQ Body and Frame as well as Bennington Sports and Graphics.