Words mean plenty to Windham food pantry
Caitlin Fitzmaurice, 14, digs into a tall stack of Lemony Snicket books during the Nesmith Library's second annual read-a-thon Monday afternoon. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
Over the course of four hours, local youth were encouraged to drop by the Nesmith Library and read at their convenience, all to raise money and food for the Shepherd's Food Pantry.
"They can read comic books, they can read their Facebook posts," Brikiatis said with a laugh. "As long as they're reading something, we're happy."
Still, the event managed to draw about 10 participants and raise several hundred dollars for the local food pantry.
Fifteen minutes after the 3 p.m. start time, about a dozen preteens and teens were busy reading in the library, with others enjoying cookies and hot chocolate.
Fourteen-year-old Caitlin Fitzmaurice arrived prepared for the four-hour reading marathon, a hefty stack of hardcover Lemony Snicket books tucked under her arm.
"And she's still in the sixth grade," the proud elder sister noted.
Windham High School junior Kasey Hampton, 17, said this year was her second read-a-thon.
"It's sort of a collective effort," she said. "Even though it snowed last year, we did much better than I thought."
The pantry has no paid staff and relies entirely on volunteers for stocking shelves and serving clients.
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