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Letter: The 1 Percent That Matters in Norwich

To the Editor:

Thank you to everyone involved in the The 19 Days of Norwich, 1% for the Haven Project. You rose to the challenge, and it was a huge success. Sixty-three businesses and organizations gave 1 percent of sales from Dec. 1 to Dec. 19. Special thanks go to Mascoma Savings Bank (for advertising costs and pancake breakfast) and Ledyard National Bank (grilled cheese lunch). So many members of our community played a role. This event received positive press from The Norwich Times; radio stations 92.3 and KIXX; WCAX Channel 3 news; and the Valley News.

We raised $27,876 in cash donations, and more than 12,873 pounds of food was donated. The checks from businesses representing 1 percent of sales resulted in $10,870. That means that more than $1 million in sales occurred during the 19 days.

We will continue to conduct food drives monthly at Dan & Whit’s, and the milk and egg collection will continue, too. We have a calendar with commitments on it for $2,421 worth of food to be delivered in 2014.

The 19 Days of Norwich, 1% for the Haven did not fit neatly into 19 days, but rather exploded at both ends. The project grew, and many businesses from outside Norwich joined us, so “Norwich” knows no bounds.

This was such a great win-win for Norwich and the Haven. We are excited for next year, as this is going to become an annual event. Please contact me if you wish to be a part of it.

Again, thanks to all the people who supported the businesses in Norwich that gave 1 percent of their sales. It would not have been possible without you! There are not words to describe our appreciation, so I will just say thank you, from us and The Haven.

Dan Fraser

Owner, Dan & Whit’s

Norwich

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