what is shire sharing?
In short, it is the active implementation of our shared values. We want to provide Thanksgiving meals to as many needy NH families as possible, through entirely voluntary means.
Click below to watch a video of our 2012 project.
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. What has made this project a reality is that people in NH understand the immense value of privately-funded, voluntary charity.
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, over $1,000 was donated to this cause and we delivered food to 52 families. In 2012, the second year, word spread and we brought holiday cheer to a whopping 196 families – over 600 individuals in total. Then in 2013 we fed 373 families, over 3,000 individuals. In 2015, we fed over 600 families. Absolutely stunning.
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, Bitcoin, gold, silver, 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. For the elderly households we 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.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate abundance; in New Hampshire, we enjoy an abundance of liberty and, most importantly, love.