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Girls partner with Manchester soup kitchen during holiday parade

Friday, January 10, 2014

MANCHESTER – What better way to bring a community together than a parade? A group of local girls from the Southern New Hampshire Chapter of the National Charity League constructed and accompanied a float in the Christmas parade in Manchester on Dec. 7 on behalf of New Horizons Soup Kitchen.

New Horizons is one of the five nonprofit groups the local Southern New Hampshire Chapter regularly provides volunteers and aid for. Last fall, the group painted murals in the soup kitchen to make it a more warm and inviting place for the more than 200 people who frequent it daily.

When New Horizons asked the chapter to help build a float for the parade, the group went right to work. Members walked or rode with their mothers and New Horizons staff, handing out small toys to spectators, as well as small gifts with a wish list asking for much-needed supplies for the soup kitchen. Their efforts did not go unnoticed, and they won third place for their float, with a wrapped gift addressed to New Horizons from the community.

The Southern New Hampshire Chapter is a member to the National Charity League Inc. – whose mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences – was formed in November 2012. It is comprised of more than 60 mothers and daughters from grades 7-12.

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