With Warm Regards,Deborah and the New Directions Team (Lisa, Michael, Matt, & Penny) · Donations can be made at www.vermontredcross.org(link is external) or by calling 800-660-9130. For those who are interested in volunteering, they can contact their operations headquarters at 802-773-9159.) We appreciate all of you who read our blogs, use our services and most importantly, have become our friends. Thank you for your continued support. As many of you know, our state of Vermont was severely hit from last week’s Hurricane Irene. North Bennington, Vermont, where New Directions is headquartered, was spared much of the Hurricane’s devastation; however the rest of the state is still dealing with the real-life crisis of the hurricane’s aftermath. Vermont Flooding and Destruction After Hurricane Irene 8/28/2011Wilmington, a town 45 minutes from us is suffering terribly. Two rivers converge there and so many buildings are damaged or completely destroyed. The iconic “Dot’s Restaurant” right by the bridge is in terrible shape. I personally remember bringing the boys there when they were young and having breakfast on our way up north. The residents are without drinking water, sewer service, electricity, and with very little phone service. We have also heard that their police building suffered total loss.Brattleboro, a town an hour from us has had a foot of water in their downtown area and many homes and businesses are unsuitable for occupancy.We hold Vermont very dear to our hearts as it was the place I grew up as a young girl and came back to and set up the business. My two sons were raised in Vermont, enjoyed many days on the lakes of Vermont and both have come back to help with the business and serve the Vermont community. Lisa lives up on Mount Tabor with her husband and daughter who is entering 5th grade at The Currier Memorial School in Danby, Vermont. We are prideful of our ties to the Vermont community and when we travel to other places around the world, time and time again, people mention Vermont as a place of quality, trust and friendliness. We have decided as a team to do our part to help our community and the rest of Vermont by donating finances, food and hours to helping Vermont out. If you would like to join us in our effort, here are a couple ways you can do that. Please do not feel obligated to help, however we wanted to provide the following information:· Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.· You can donate to the United Way’s Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the “Vermont Disaster Relief Fund”.