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Team Windhill Donates Desserts and Packs Up Holiday Meal Baskets for The Open Door

Every holiday season team Windhill gets together and decides where to spread the cheer. We knew we couldn't go a year without decorating and donating a tree to the Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm that benefits the Ipswich Humane Group. I heard the funds raised at The Tree Jubilee cover their entire vet bill for the year! It's been fun watching the event grow over the years.

We've also been proud faithful supporters of the Ipswich Food Pantry for 13 years! The Open Door recently took over the Ipswich Food Pantry and we heard about their holiday meal basket program. We noticed the estimated 140 families who register to receive these "baskets" wouldn't receive any kind of dessert! And what's a holiday without one? So we got permission and went to work. Team Windhill shopped, lugged, organized, stuffed, wrapped, tied and stacked dessert for every family including Lindt chocolates and pound cake with a holiday card wrapped beautifully.  Luke and Jen from The Open Door were excited to see us coming with all 140 dessert gifts and remarked on how beautiful they were (she made us take a picture with them!). We wanted to do more! They allowed us to be the first volunteer team to assemble at the Ipswich location and after about 30 minutes in action, they called us "the dream team"!  280 bags in total were packed with all the fixings for a holiday dinner, in just over an hour. But still, we wanted more! So we unloaded a very packed van into the pantry building where the shelves would be stocked with tons (and our backs will tell you) TONS of donated food including fresh vegetables, juices, cereals, canned goods, etc. My lessons for today? Great things are accomplished when a group of like-minded, caring people come together for a common goal. Also, there's more good than bad in our world, if you just look.

 

Delivery Day! Loading up all the donations and the dessert packages.

And the holiday meal bag assembly begins!

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Team Windhill Serves 130 Households in 2 Hours with The Open Door

"One million now face hunger in Massachusetts", according to recent news from WGBH. Harder to believe is the stastic that "the increased percentage of hungry Bay Staters is greater than any other in the nation." I had no idea it was so dire here in my home state.

We partner with The Open Door year round by hosting our downtown storefront as a reliable and consistent point of donation but with the pandemic, everything is different. We knew there was a need and fortunately, by way of The Open Door's commitment to their relationships with organizations like us, we were able to volunteer for their drive-through holiday meals pick up righ here in Ipswich. Members of team Windhill jumped at the chance to help! We served 130 households in 2 hours, working in the dark, greeting folks as they pulled up, drive-through style, sending them off with a trunk full of fresh vegetables, pantry items and gift cards for a turkey.

The staff at Windhill brought their good spirits, kind hearts and warm hats because it was freezing! It was too dark and too cold for a group photo but we at least got this shot! Happy Thanksgiving!

p.s. Supporting local business = support in YOUR community.

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5 Years with The Open Door - Giving Back

Thankful for The Open Door and all the hard word they do for Ipswich and Cape Ann. It's been our pleasure to show up with our helping hands. Take a trip down memory lane over the past 5 years; we are excited about the next 5!

This is what happens when you support local businesses: You embrace what makes your community unique; imagine if Ipswich looked like every other town! Studies show that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community. Windhill and it's team give to more than 25 causes every year and we are happy to give and greatful for the support of our community.