Sustainable Braintree’s final Farmers Market this year will be no small gathering this Saturday, as organizers are planning for a large turnout associated with Make a Difference Day.
Started three years ago, the event is a coordinated effort from both Sustainable Braintree and the town, and coincides with the national Make a Difference Day to collect used items for repurposing throughout the region.
This year, organizations such as Kid’s Closet, Interfaith Social Services, Cradles to Crayons, Senior Center, Lions Recycle for Sight, Cell Phone for Soldiers, Children’s Hospital, and the N.E. Wildlife Center will come together to collect an array of items
New organizations this year will also be the Margie Crispin Center and Birthday Wishes.
Participants who donate items will take home a free pumpkin, courtesy of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s 9/11 Community Spirit Mini-Grant.
“One of our members of our farmers market task force works for Harvard Pilgrim, and they sponsor a grant for a community service project. She has written this grant and it is funding the pumpkins we will give away,” said Sustainable Braintree President Cheryl Edgar. “The pumpkins are provided by the Farmers Garden, which is one of our vendors.”
Organized by Linda Chapman and Eileen Campbell, co-chairs of Sustainable Braintree’s recycling task force, and Janice Weitbrecht, coordinator of the event, the day should be highly successful, Edgar said, with truckloads of materials shipped from the collection area at Braintree Town Hall each time.
“It grows every year, and this year we sent our notice out to all of the children in the school system, so that got us publicity there. It’s been well publicized, so people look for it,” Edgar said.
In addition to numerous agencies collecting materials, Project Have Hope will be on side to sell handmade beads made from recycled paper from the women of Acholi Quarter of Uganda.
Karen Woodhall and Tom Glenn will also provide music.
Overall, it will be a busy day, Edgar said.
“The Farmers Market will be ongoing outside of Town Hall. The pumpkins will be outside…and then all of the collections are inside. So we have lots of volunteers who help with the organizing and packing up and transporting of items,” she said.
Items that are being collected are:
- Fall and winter children's clothing, infant to high school sizes, for the Kid's Closet.
- Adult clothing, including interview and work attire, and household items, especially dishes and small appliances, for Interfaith Social Services' career closet and thrift shop.
- Baby items, including car seats, strollers, playpens, safety items, bedding, diaper bags, toys and puzzles-(NO CRIBS), for Cradles to Crayons.
- November and December seasonal items, books and DVD’s for the Senior Center.
- Eyeglasses for Lions Recycle for Sight.
- Cell phones for cell phones for soldiers.
- Material to make quilts for Children’s Hospital.
- Aquariums, Filters, Heaters, Food Bowls, Animal Toys and cages/crates, dry dog food, reptomin turtle food and bleach for the N.E. Wildlife Center.
- Toiletries, including toilet paper, toothbrushes, shampoo and toothpaste and Non-perishable food and paper goods, especially paper towels and toilet paper, for the Margie Crispin Center.
- Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, diapers, female sanitary items and baby wipes.
- Birthday party Supplies for Birthday Wishes.
- Other miscellaneous items that are being collected are: soda can tabs for Shriners Hospitals for Children, box tops for education, codes from Coke products, Campbell's labels, Sunny D labels, Capri Sun pouches, old sneakers, in any condition, for recycle or reuse (no cleats), old keys for keyforhope.org and wine corks.