by Christine Galeone
Recently, someone said to me that it must be heartwarming to spend Christmas in New England. And it is. Thankfully, New England is still filled with picturesque towns that celebrate the season with holiday fairs, evening strolls and caroling events. But it’s not just the quaint charm of the region that’s heartwarming. It’s also the kindness that many of its residents share with their neighbors.
In Grafton, this month, many people have shared their kindness and generosity through local organizations and small businesses. They’ve made a positive difference in the lives of people of all ages.
One North Grafton business that has been brightening the lives of local seniors is Signature Finishes, the multi-artisan home décor and antique shop located at 204 Worcester Street. Signature Finishes, once again, had a giving tree to help local seniors in need get clothing, medication and more.
Another North Grafton business that has recently shown its support for seniors is Homefield Credit Union. The credit union, located at 86 Worcester Street, presented Cornerstone at Milford with a $500 donation. The money benefitted the assisted living facility’s Stockings for Seniors program.
Local children and teens received a tremendous amount of support from the Grafton Police Department. Along with some local veterans and with drop-off bins at its headquarters, Homefield Credit Union and Perreault Nursery, the department collected well over 2,500 toys (which included a huge donation from All Phase Glass) for local kids and teens in need. It also collected more than $500 in gift cards for toys from North Street Elementary School.
And speaking of bringing much-needed cheer to a lot of local children, students, their families, faculty, administration and staff from Millbury Street Elementary School recently held the school’s sixth annual Pajama Drive. This year, the successful drive – which is connected to the national nonprofit Pajama Program – collected 465 sets of pajamas (which are paired with donated books from Scholastic) that will bring warmth and cheer to homeless and low income children throughout Worcester County.
Over in South Grafton, a local small business helped give Grafton families comfort and nourishment in the form of food donations. Dance Soul Motion, which offers classes in Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and Barre, has been busy collecting nonperishable food and toiletries for the Grafton Food Bank. In hopes of helping people to start 2019 with that comfort and nourishment, it decided to extend its drive through the end of December.
And, in that same spirit of kindness, local animals are being helped as well. Quite Fetching Barkery and Pet Boutique recently held a fundraiser for a dog named Rocho. Rescued by the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, the friendly dog is in need of expensive surgery, and the barkery, which is located at One Grafton Common and sells its specialty hand-made dog cookies, as well as toys, apparel and mainstream dessert mixes for dogs, wanted to help him to be restored to good health.
The area celebrations and timeless traditions can be fun and warm our hearts. And the New England scenery can remind people of a Currier and Ives painting. But it’s the kindness of New Englanders – and their family and friends who visit for the holidays – that makes this season truly heartwarming.
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