Our Place sets goal of filling every seat

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BELLOWS FALLS — Our Place Drop-in Center hopes to fill every seat at the Bellows Falls Opera House with a bag of groceries Thursday.

Overflow the Opera House is the tagline for the event being coordinated by Our Place and Vermont and New Hampshire Oldies KOOL FM, who will be broadcasting on site all day. The goal is 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 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. so donors can drive by and hand off their donations without getting out of the car.

Anyone who can't make it to the Opera House Thursday is encouraged to bring a bag of groceries to Our Place beforehand so they can be counted towards the goal. Donations can also be dropped off at the bins at Lisai's Market.

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, plus personal care items such as feminine hygiene supplies, diapers, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and soap.

Donors are asked to check that expiration dates have not passed on their donations.

Our Place is a daytime shelter and food pantry located at 4 Island Street whose mission is to connect people to food and each other. It serves families in Rockingham and the surrounding area and in Walpole and North Walpole, N.H. Information is available by contacting OP at 802-463-2217, ourplace@sover.net, on line at www.ourplacevt.org or on Facebook.

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