Christmas on the Common to benefit Hope & Main

By Ethan Hartley
Posted 12/9/21

Sunday, Dec. 12 will feature carol singing, clam chowder and money raised for a great cause.

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Christmas on the Common to benefit Hope & Main


Atwater-Donnelly and Bank of Ireland will headline Christmas on the Common, a fundraising concert and caroling event at the First United Methodist Church (25 Church St.) in Warren on Sunday, Dec. 12 starting at 3 p.m. Informal Christmas caroling will then spill out onto the Town Common following the concert. Beverages and chowder from Blount Clam Shack will be available.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Nourish Our Neighbors, a program launched by Hope & Main in the wake of increased food scarcity exacerbated by the pandemic.

Elwood Donnelly had originally planned for the event to occur last year, but it had to be moved to a virtual fundraising program due to COVID. Still, he said they managed to raise about $1,000 for the Nourish Our Neighbors program despite the difficulties.

“When we got wind of [the program], Aubrey [Atwater] and I decided we wanted to help them feed people,” Donnelly said. “Hopefully the vision I had last year comes to fruition.”

Hope & Main describes the program as a one-to-one meal program, where for every locally made meal you purchase, one is donated to someone in need. They plan to expand the reach of the program in 2022 to meet increasing needs.

“One of the most devastating impacts of COVID-19 is that 1 in 6 Rhode Island households remains food insecure 21 months into the pandemic,” reads the program description on the Hope & Main website. “Before Dec. 31, 2021, please consider donating the equivalent of a meal or two for our neighbors in need. Together we can build a more just and compassionate food system where every Rhode Islander has a seat at the table.”

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