LUDLOW, Vermont — The spirit of the holidays prevailed during Okemo Mountain Resort’s annual “Cares and Shares” Food Drive Nov. 25. Skiers and snowboarders visiting the resort donated food, clothing, toys and money to help those in need throughout the Okemo Valley area.
Okemo ambassadors, in their telltale red ski parkas, accepted donations throughout the day. They collected more than 1,500 food items and $730 in cash donations. The Black River Good Neighbor Services will use the money to assist local families with heat and other necessities this winter and the organization’s Christmas Basket Program will help distribute the donated items to 125 families in time for the holidays. Additionally, Okemo donates 50 frozen turkeys to the Christmas Basket Program. Another 50 turkeys go to families in Springfield and the Chester/Andover area.
When skiers and riders presented at least three non-perishable food items, a new child’s toy or a new clothing item, their generosity was rewarded with an entire day of skiing and riding at Okemo for just $25.
Black River Good Neighbors operates a thrift store and food pantry located on Main Street in Ludlow. More information may be obtained by calling (802) 228-3663.
For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please call (802) 228-1600 or visit www.okemo.com.