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Open Door Market Basket 3 Minute Shopping Spree Winner Frantically Fills Her Cart and Our Boy Craig Kimberley Captures It All With Mounted Cams

Watch Beth make the mad dash! She has 3 minutes to grab all the groceries she can at the Gloucester Market Basket. (Winner of the www.foodpantry.org fund raiser raffle)

I don’t care what anyone says- You give me an option of anyone I know to shoot and edit video I’ll take Craig Kimberley 100 times out of 100.  Watch this masterpiece and tell me if you agree.

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If you need convincing check out what he did for our GMG Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Video-

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or the Horribles Parade Video-

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You got commercial video to produce or a show to do- Craig Kimberley is THE MAN.

Check out The Open Door Food Pantry website below-

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Cathy Mccarthy Writes In With A Rocky Neck Plunge Food Drive Update

Hey Joey…

Just a little note of thanks for the numerous plugs for our plunge.. We collected 610 lbs of food for The Open Door. Thanks for all the help ..Really, I can’t thank you enough..  As Sarah Grow told me, the pantry has had an increase of 33% in need during the holiday season.

We begin the year on a positive note and will carry on this new tradition in giving back in years to come… 

Best,

Cathy McCarthy

Joey’s note-

Thank you Cathy for all you and everyone on Rocky Neck does to make the entire community feel welcome and your efforts to turn a hugely fun and positive event into something that also gives back to the needy.  We had a blast at your plunge.

Shopping Spree at Dawn

As the lunar eclipse began at dawn this morning there was also big time excitement up at the Market Basket at Gloucester Crossing. Michelle Bjorgen, winner of the Open Door Pantry 3 minute shopping spree was at the starting line at 6:30 AM. Brad, Bradley and Tori Bjorgen cheered as the shopping cart was filled while Julie LaFontaine Director of the Open Door and store manager Glenn Connors officiated.

All in all it was a fun start to the day and as we all left the store the full moon found an opening in the clouds so we could view the last lunar eclipse of 2011. (Anyone get a photo?)

4 Easy Ways to Give This Holiday Season

If you can give this season, here are 4 great places to donate locally. When you head over and shop Gloucester and hit  Toodeloos, pick up a toy to make someones holiday bright.  If you have any other great local places, post in the comments and we will update the post!

Each holiday season, Action sponsors the Project Uplift children’s toy and clothing drive. We seek the help of businesses, organizations, families, and individuals to sponsor toy and clothing collection points and donate gifts.

This year, we’re expanding the program to youth up to 14 years old and are hoping to increase gifts for older participants. Gift cards are always a big hit and can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy!

2010 Toy Drop-off Points

Action Inc., 180 Main St. / 5 Pleasant St.     Golden Living, 272 Washington St.
Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St.      Gorton’s, 128 Rogers St.
Azorean Restaurant, 133 Washington St.     Kid’s Closet, 37 Main St.
BankGloucester, 160 Main St.     Magnolia Variety, 2 Raymond St.
Bass Rocks Golf Club, 38 Beach Rd.     Montagnino Real Estate, 186 Main St.
Beeman School, 138 Cherry St.     NOAA, Blackburn Industrial Park
Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St.      Nor’East Cleaners, 31 Railroad Ave.
Citizens Bank, 147 Main St.                         Nor’East Cleaners, 6 Thatcher Rd.
CVS Pharmacy, 6 Thatcher Rd.                Palazola’s Sporting Goods, 85 Main St.
Destino’s, 129 Prospect St.                        Pigeon Cove Whole Foods, 15 Parker St.
Dunkin’ Donuts, 103 Eastern Ave.           Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St.
First National Bank of Ipswich, 207 Main St.                                                                            Seacoast Nursing Home, 292 Washington St.
Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Ave.                                             Shaw’s, 7 Railroad Ave.
Gloucester Police Dept., 197 Main St.                                     Sovereign Bank, 159 Main St.
Gloucester Seafood Display Auction, Harbor Loop               TD Bank, 2 Harbor Loop
Toodeloos, 137 Main St.
Gloucester Community Arts School, Blackburn Industrial Park                                           West Parish Elementary, 10 Concord St.

It is easy to become a member of the GOOD EGG CLUB.

Your monthly donation can help make a difference in the lives of hungry people not just at the holidays, but all year long.

How it works:

1. Choose an amount you can comfortably give each month for the next 12 months.

One dozen contributions makes you a member of The Good Egg Club.

2. Fill out your Good Egg Pledge Card, select your payment preference, and mail it to:

The Open Door
28R Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

We can bill you monthly, or you can provide a credit card and we will charge your card.

Thursday December 9th 6am-6pm

Broadcasting Live Thursday from Cape Ann Savings Bank, Gloucester – 5-6pm

All donations go directly to North Shore children in need, through charities including Toys for Tots, The Lynn YMCA, Making Ends Meet, Beverly Bootstraps, Neighbors in Need, Action Inc. and Pathways for Children

Things To Do- Open Door’s Empty Bowl Dinner

From Julie LaFontaine-

The Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.  Extra parking is available at Good Harbor Beach with regular trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site. Tickets are $12 and available at the door. Cash, check or charge.

The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.

Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs. Proceeds from this event benefit The Open Door Summer Lunch and The Open Door Mobile Market.

For more information call, 978-283-6776 , or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Empty Bowl Dinner 2010
Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Square
Thursday, May 13
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of food and hospitality.

The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.

Extra parking is available at Harbor Beach with complimentary trolley service to and from the event site. Tickets $12 and available at the door.

Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs. Proceeds from this event benefit The Open Door Summer Lunch and The Open Door Mobile Market.

If you would like to make bowls for this event, please contact Marty Morgan.

Last year our attendance topped 1,000! If you would like information about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

Cultural Flea Market to benefit the Open Door Pantry

Let me see if I can just present it here for you:
222 Arts & Wellness Center
222 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester
is proud to announce our first annual
“Cultural Flea Market”  to benefit the Open Door
Pantry
Sunday, August 30th 9-5
Featuring a one-of-a-kind special concert by
“Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra” from London,
England
(check them out @  www.aspidistra.org )
Sample gourmet appetizers and snacks by “Good
Gracious”
and shop a whole parking lot full of bargains
brought in by our clients and other community
members
A fabulous eclectic quirky day that you will not
want to miss!
I hope that helps….thank you, thank you, Joey for your interest!
Blessings,
Lin