what is shire sharing?
In short, we want to provide Thanksgiving meals to as many needy NH families as possible.
I moved to NH in 2009. Growing up in Dallas, my dad always dragged me along to a super special pet project of his: the Basket Brigade. Every Thanksgiving, he and his friends got together and spent their own money to provide holiday meals to needy families. In his first year he gave to only one family. By 2011 when he died unexpectedly from cancer, he had been giving to hundreds of families every Thanksgiving. After his passing, I decided to honor his memory by organizing the same thing here in New Hampshire.
Shire Sharing has grown by leaps and bounds. When I first put my idea out there, I had no idea what I could expect. In our first year, we raised just enough to provide meals to 52 families. By 2017, we grew so big that we delivered meals to about 700 families.
So, How do we do it?
First, we raise funds. You can help by telling friends, family, coworkers, or your Facebook network. Share the link to our website (ShireSharing.org). We take donations in the form of credit card, cash, check, and of course actual food donations.
Next, we shop. We buy all the fixings for a traditional turkey dinner, right down to the frozen turkey and the pan. We buy all this food in bulk, using wholesalers, coupons, etc. We try to feed as many people as possible with the donations. Like our Facebook page to get involved.
After that, we assemble the bags. Each household is different — some have several children, some consist of a single elderly person. We personalize each bag according to family size and dietary needs such as diabetes or vegetarianism. To meet other unique situations, we are willing to provide a fully-cooked chicken instead of a turkey. This is a huge endeavor and we need all the volunteers we can get! Learn more about volunteering.
The last step is: DELIVERY! This isn't a handout — it's a gift from friends. When you give gifts to your friends, do you send them to a warehouse where they take a number and wait in line? Heck no! That's why we visit every single recipient personally, at their home, making a face-to-face delivery. You can sign up to make deliveries — click here.