Farmers market catches spirit of the holiday season

Jamie Heap
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Amherst Farmers Market donates $3,000 to the Amherst Food Assistance Network and the Salvation Armys Cumberland chapter

Past chair of the Amherst Food Assistance Network Charlotte Ross (left) and Captain Chad Ingram of the Cumberland chapter of the Salvation Army (right) receive $1,500 cheques from Amherst Farmers Market treasurer Harriett Burbine on Friday afternoon at the Amhert Lions Club.

 AMHERST-Christmas came early to the Amherst Food Assistance Network and the Cumberland County chapter of the Salvation Army on Friday. Thanks to the generosity of the Amherst Farmers Market and their vendors, each non-profit organization finds themselves $1,500 richer.

The Amherst Farmers Market, a non-profit organization, collects money from vendors for their table rentals, stated Amherst Farmers Market treasurer Harriett Burbine. Each year when December rolls around, we decide what we are going to do with some of the money weve collected.

For the past two holiday seasons, the Amherst Farmers Market has decided to donate some of their hard earned money to the Cumberland County chapter of the Salvation Army. This year, they donated $1,500 to the Salvation Army, up $500 from the $1,000 they donated to them last year.

 This is the second year for us, stated Salvation Army Captain Chad Ingram. We appreciate the generosity of the Amherst Farmers Market and the support that it gives to the community. The market is great for Amherst. We were about $1,000 behind in our (kettle) campaign, but not anymore.

Burbine also presented a cheque for $1,500 on Friday, up $500 from 2012, to the Amherst Food Assistance Network. Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Amherst Food Assistance Network was past chair Charlotte Ross.

Theyve (Amherst Farmers Market) supported us for a number of years now, stated Ross. This donation will go a long ways towards meeting our needs here in Cumberland County. This donation is even more thoughtful since we are having a downturn in our economy. It will be appreciated by people during the Christmas season and beyond.”

Organizations: Salvation Army, Amherst Food Assistance Network

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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