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Joy and giving in Grafton

by Christine Galeone

Grafton has had an abundance of both. With Grafton native Ricky Duran recently giving outstanding performances and being named the runner up on “The Voice,” many people from Grafton and beyond have been overjoyed about his achievement.  And the success of the annual Grafton Celebrates the Holidays event and the Town’s annual Turkey Challenge not only brought joy to many families and individuals, it resulted in many much-needed donations for the Grafton Food Bank (the nonprofit that was supported by both events). Many local businesses and organizations have embraced the hallmarks of the holiday season as well.     

Something that brought joy to many this holiday season was Quite Fetching’s annual Santa Paws event. The barkery and pet boutique, located at One Grafton Common, gave visitors a chance to have their pictures taken with the adorable dog. Looking forward to the year ahead, Quite Fetching will also hold its annual Dog Perignon New Year’s Eve Day celebration – featuring an apple juice and chicken broth champagne for dogs and bubbly beverages for humans – from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31.

One of the barkery’s neighbors is also looking forward to 2020. And from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, Beatz Dance Studio will offer something for small children to look forward to as well. During that time, the dance studio, which is also located at One Grafton Common, will hold a free play group from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Thursdays. Registration is necessary to reserve a space.

Another nearby business, Murphy Academy of Irish Dance, ended 2019 on a high note. The dance studio, which is also located at One Grafton Common, is proud of its students’ achievements. On Dec. 14, some of those students performed with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

And speaking of pride, the Grafton Police Department is a source of pride for the Town for several reasons. In addition to serving the community in expected ways, its members have gone above and beyond to give people comfort and joy this season. Not only did they recently team up with the Upton Police Department to donate 60 new coats to State Representative David Muradian’s annual Bundle-Up the Blackstone Valley winter coat drive, but along with local veterans and Homefield Credit Union, they collected a plethora of new toys for their Toys for Kids and Teens drive.

While Homefield Credit Union collected many toys for the drive, the credit union has been making a difference in the community in another way as well. Earlier this year, the credit union engaged in a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. In helping Alyssa Cleveland, an employee, find a potential kidney donor for her daughter, Samantha (who, thankfully, received a transplant and is doing well), the credit union, located at 86 Worcester Street, helped people to realize how badly living donors are needed.

In South Grafton, Dance Soul Motion, which offers classes in Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and Barre, has been busy collecting food for the Grafton Food Bank. Through the end of the year, people can drop off non-perishable food items at the studio, located at 156 Main Street. Each person who donates an item will be sent a coupon to use in 2020.

Although the holiday season is almost over, the New Year is upon us. Hopefully, 2020 will be filled with the same spirit of joy and giving! 

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