Shelton’s Harvest House filled with donations in ‘record time’

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Shanar Fraiser, left, and Carolyn Cargnel, both of Shelton, put items on the shelves at Harvest House on Saturday morning.

Many dozens of volunteers spent Saturday morning stocking the Harvest House wooden structure with nonperishable food items at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk) in Shelton.

All the collected items will be donated to food banks in the Valley in the coming days. An estimated 100,000 food items will be collected during the fifth Harvest House this year.

“We’ve had hundreds of people come out to volunteer,” said an appreciative Patricia Tarasovic, Volunteer Center director at the Valley United Way. “This is record time to put thousands of cans on the wall.”

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Gina Ciambriello, 16, left, and Rachel Sickels, 17, both of Shelton, stock the shelves at Harvest House.

The event takes place every two years and is organized by the Valley United Way. Many outside groups — from private companies to nonprofit organizations — participate in the effort by serving as sponsors and providing volunteers.

Harvest House activities will continue at the downtown Shelton park Saturday and Sunday with visits from zoo animals, face painting, arts and crafts, a comedy magic show, touch-a-truck, moon bounce, hula hoops, karate, dance, fitness and acting performances, Cub Scout Olympics, and live music.

The public is welcome to drop by and participate in the event. Additional donations of nonperishable food items are welcome.

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Patricia Tarasovic, Volunteer Center director at the Valley United Way, left, talks with Janice Sheehy, a Webster Bank senior vice president and United Way board member, during the Harvest House event.

 

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