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Volunteers Chop and Distribute Wood to Families in Need for 9/11 Day of Service

Volunteers were doing some serious manual labor at a lot behind the Hannaford's in Morrisville on Wednesday.
MORRISVILLE, Vt. - Volunteers were doing some serious manual labor at a lot behind the Hannaford's in Morrisville on Wednesday.

RSVP & The Volunteer Center of Lamoille County has been chopping, splitting, packaging and delivering wood to families and individuals in need since 2008.

This year, they made their big work day on the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, to give their volunteers an even more special reason to come out and help.

"It's the most uplifting outpouring of generosity and kindness and hard work," said Jon Gailmore, a volunteer from Elmore, Vt.

The wood comes from the state and from donations.

"They deliver me firewood here, and then I get volunteers to cut it, split it, stack it, deliver it," explained Dan Noyes, the Program Coordinator.

Each family or individual gets about a cord of wood to heat their home, which is about three pallets. That would equal 125 gallons of oil! It's not enough to heat their home all winter--but it's a start. They enrolled through the United Way.

"So that in the dead of winter...we know that there are a whole bunch of families who are comfortable because of the hard work that this community did," said Gailmore.

The final day of work is Saturday the 14th. To volunteer, contact Dan Noyes at (802) 888-2190 or check out the project's Facebook page. The site is behind the Hannaford's in Morrisville and they will be there from 9:00-1:00.

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