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December 9, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.H., December 8, 2016 – Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) continued their Christmas Caring Campaign by recognizing six more local non-profit organizations with holiday donations. 

The Community Food Pantry, Barrington Community Food Pantry, Christmas for the Elderly, My Friend’s Place, Rochester Community Recovery Center and Hope on Haven Hill were all recipients of charitable contributions.

“We are doing our best to try to make an impact this time of year with organizations who spend time all year round doing the same for our friends and neighbors.” said Brian Hughes, President & CEO of HRCU.  “We are fortunate to be in a position that we are able to give to these groups who will make it count.”

Two food pantries were happy recipients of donations from HRCU, The Community Food Pantry (CFP) of Somersworth and the Barrington Community Food Pantry. (BCFP) The CFP, services Somersworth and Rollinsford, NH, as well as Lebanon and Berwick, Maine. More than 300 families a month are provided food for every month at the CFP. The Barrington Community Food Pantry located at the Barrington Public Library, also works hard year round to keep those in their community fed. Their donation will help them keep the shelves stocked at times when donations are lighter during the year.

“People are so generous this time of year, but donations like this actually go a long way to help keep the pantry stocked in the middle of the year, when it isn’t on everyone’s mind as much,” said Becky Lenzi of the Barrington Food Pantry.

Christmas for the Elderly (CE) is an organization that began 26 years ago, and like HRCU, is looking to make the holidays a little better for the community. Located at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary church in Rochester, CE works with agencies in the area to help give back to the elderly, who may be overlooked during the holiday season.

“Everybody gets to request items that they may want or need,” said Sis Gagne, coordinator of CE. “It’s always great to be able to give people something they can all look forward to this time of year.”

My Friend’s Place, of Dover NH, is a shelter that has housed thousands of people since it first opened in 1989. The shelter houses single people, as well as families and always operates at capacity. Their donation will help to keep the shelter stocked with all the necessary supplies and food needed to help house the area’s homeless. Two newly-opened organizations donated to are helping to fight a serious issue our area currently faces, substance abuse. The Rochester Community Recovery Center, which is operated by Frisbie Memorial Hospital, fights addiction to help promote health and resiliency of residents in the greater Rochester area. Hope on Haven Hill (HHH), who just had their grand opening December 6th, is a nonprofit center in Rochester who helps new mothers seeking help with substance use disorder. The center is set to open at full-capacity and these funds being donated will be used to help aid some of the finishing touches on the house.

“We are so appreciate of the help you have given us, we wouldn’t have been able to make all this happen without donations from people like HRCU,” said Kerry Horton, Program Director of HHH.

To donate or volunteer with any of the non-profit organizations mentioned, or for more information on HRCU’s Christmas Caring Campaign, contact, Kyle Cormier, Marketing Coordinator of HRCU at (603) 332-6840.


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