Shire Sharing 2015 Success – Over 600 Families Served, Over $17,000 Raised!

Shire Sharing 2015 Keeniacs

Keene Shire Sharing Volunteers Pre-Delivery, 2015

Today, more than 600 households statewide (39 in the Keene area) were delivered full Thanksgiving meals including turkey, stuffing, gravy, eggs, cornbread mix, vegetables, pumpkin pie ingredients, and some cooking supplies as part of the “Shire Sharing” charity now in its fifth year. Shire Sharing is based in Manchester and headed by state representative Amanda Bouldin, a Free State Project early mover.

Amanda has managed to continually grow the yearly charity event, which she began in memory of her father who did something similar in Dallas when she was growing up. In an interview for Free Keene today, Amanda reported that fundraising for 2015 reached record levels, allowing more than 600 families to be fed. She was hoping to raise enough for 500 families. (Last year, Shire Sharing fed 350 families – a huge increase in just one year!) This year, at least $17,000 was raised by direct contributions and fundraiser events.

State Rep Amanda Bouldin, UBER Customer

State Representative Amanda Bouldin, Founder of Shire Sharing

Though the first year of Shire Sharing was supposed to be a one-time event, Amanda says, “when the second year rolled around, everyone encouraged me to repeat the project. so we just keep going”. Despite the obviously high stress level involved in organizing such a massive operation, she’s committed to continue: “I know SS is very important to a lot of people — not just the recipients but the volunteers, too. I can’t quit!”

Yesterday, over 100 volunteers met at a warehouse in Manchester to help sort and bag the meals for delivery today, as Free Keene blogger Shire Dude reported here.

Last night, newer Keene-area mover Maria Korfiatis headed to Manchester to grab dozens of the bags for delivery, then this morning volunteers from this area gathered at the Church of the Invisible Hand’s “Society for Love and Peace” (SLAP) at 75 Leverett Street to head out on routes taking meals to Keene, Winchester, Ashuelot, Westmoreland, Swanzey, and Chesterfield.

It was Keene’s second year as part of the ever-growing Shire Sharing operation, and like last year, recipients were grateful for the special delivery!

Jazzy Girl Inspects the Shire Sharing Bags, 2015

Jazzy Girl Inspects the Shire Sharing Bags, 2015

Darryl W Perry and I were delivering food to other families in a Keene neighborhood and happened to encounter a single mother on her front porch who helpfully gave us directions to a recipient’s apartment. When we later arrived at another recipient’s house, two houses down from her, and knocked on his door, he answered it. We wished him a happy Thanksgiving and offered him the food. He told us to get off the property, so we did. Walking back to the car with the food, the single mother was still on her porch and was more than happy to receive the angry man’s meal instead!

Overall, people were appreciative and some were pleasantly surprised. Shire Sharing is a nice yearly event and I’m glad to have again played a small role in it. Whether the operation can continue to grow beyond 600 families remains to be seen. Regardless, Amanda is ready to carry on in 2016 and was “shocked” and “delighted” about how much she was able to raise this year, which allowed her to feed nearly 2,000 people. Thank you to all who assisted across the Shire.

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  1. It’s all freekeeners who deliver the food. You all went to a fake church and the rest is propaganda. Thanksgiving isn’t until Thursday the 25th

  2. Perhaps you should volunteer to help with the deliveries, then? If you refuse to help, you cannot complain that they did not use any outside help.

    And yes, you have correctly identified the date of Thanksgiving, this year. You appear not to comprehend that food for families to use on Thanksgiving should be delivered in advance of the day, so that they have time to actually cook it. Delivering a raw, frozen turkey on the 25th would help no one.

  3. Maybe flint, you should have volunteered with the deliveries. But it’s clear in your other posts that your clumsy with your vocabulary, so you’re probably clumsy on foot stating that people might “sumble” into a wall while chewing gum and walking at the same time. We wouldn’t want you ruining a libertarian feast for “the needy”. Sincerely Mr. Grammar

  4. I’m stunned that you were unable to make one single true statement here in your comment, Jumping Jacks. You might want to check your facts and take a look at a calendar. smh

  5. Sorry, but I have other things to do with my time. Like running a business, which donates approximately 2% of its gross income (not net profit) to charity. But that’s rather irrelevant, since I’m not complaining about who’s making the deliveries.

    There’s at least one individual involved in Shire Sharing who I personally cannot stand, but I don’t whine about that individual’s involvement in helping the hungry, because I’m not pschotic. You guys, apparently, cannot say the same – you’d obviously cheer innocent folks going hungry, just to avoid kudos for someone you dislike.

    I do feel sorry for your inability to grasp when you are being mocked, which has led you to spread that mockery far and wide.

  6. It seems that Flint’s lesson in manners has done some serious damage to your ego, Bsizzle. While I trust it won’t be permanent, the fact that you’re still dwelling on it is quite revealing. I would have thought that you’d have learned your lesson by now. Well at least you bothered to take the time to construct a few grammatically correct paragraphs free of spelling errors and profanity this weekend while you were pouting. That’s astounding progress for you.

  7. Flint – Why should I volunteer? I don’t believe in freekeene or the propaganda it pushes on innocent people. How is running a business owned by freekeene your business?

  8. You stated that the sole reason that Shire Sharing is engaging in “propaganda” (after your previous lies were exposed, of course) is that the deliveries are made only by Free Keene folks. So, you could singlehandedly eliminate that “propaganda” by introducing some non-Free-Keene volunteer. You would, all on your own, be personally resposible for destroying their entire propaganda apparatus. Think of the accolades!

    As far as your business question, I’m not sure what you’re asking. I live and work well hours from Keene and, other than driving through Keene on my way to other places, have not been there in over half a decade. No one from Keene, let alone Free Keene, is involved in the business.

  9. When I mess up you guys jump right on it. We you guys mess up and I jump right on it you ignore the posts, so I am bringing your mistakes to a different post so you can finally respond to it like you have. What a waste of time, huh draccc and flint.
    Sincerely Mr. Grammar
    P.S “Sorry, but I have other things to do with my time” Flint.
    That’s not very libertarian of you now is it. It looks like you couldn’t be bothered with helping out others in need. THAT’S SAD
    Good day!

  10. “I live and work well hours from Keene ”
    Well hours must be some kind of new time format that we are not aware of, enlightened us Flint. Sincerely Mr. Grammar

  11. Apparently, auto-complete somehow got turned on in my phone. It added the “well” for some reason. Thanks for catching that – I turned it back off, like it belongs.

  12. That’s either dishonest, or you just can’t read. I help others, plenty. Ergo, I don’t have time to help with Shire Sharing. I could show up and help sort food or make deliveries, which would be of limited utility, since they have plenty of others doing that. Or I could spend the same amount of time providing help that might benefit a needy family to the tune of hundreds or thousands of dollars. Which is a better way to spend that amount of time? The way that provides no measurable benefit, or the way that provides at least a few hundred dollars of benefit? Simple math tells me which is the better choice…

    All of which has nothing to do with the claim Jumping Jacks made about Shire Sharing being “propaganda” due to the volunteers all being members of the liberty movement. By volunteering to help, he could single-handedly end their “monopoly” and entirely eliminate the “propaganda” of this charity. There would be tremendous value (in his world, where liberty is horrible) for his time, if he did so.

  13. Flint, I don’t believe anything you say. Again, the food was delivered by freekeeners. This is their way of getting some face time on the coat tails of others successes You are a freekeener. Your job status is a lie

  14. Are you certain that you’re the proper person to be condemning Flint of dishonesty, especially considering the fact that fiction seems to be the only platform you’ve ever found to be convenient, Jacks? You rarely ever tell the truth, Jacks, despite the fact that the lies you’ve woven (particular the whoppers you’ve told about your academic qualifications) are so overwhelmingly ridiculous that no intelligent person would believe you anyway.

  15. No, most of the food was delivered in other places by people who live in or near those places, not Keene, so you’re lying about that. Bouldin certainly is not a Freekeener – she’s a State Rep from Manchester, which is a matter of public record. There are lists of others who run Shire Sharing, and who volunteer – who are not Freekeeners. Other than the deliveries made in Keene, and apparently two individuals going up to Manchester to help with the sorting, were any Freekeeners, at all, involved?

    Your consistent lies about your own employment (and virtually everything else you ever say – you seem to be pretty much a pathological liar) make your other claims ludicrous. How’re those imaginary drug treatment centers working for you, when you can’t even get basic medical facts right?

    Actually, I bet that’s what this is about. You were rather upset when Bouldin’s two overdose-safety bills passed, weren’t you? You hate addicts so much that you want them to die, and the idea that someone could possess naloxone or be immune from prosecution if they were caught with drugs after calling in an overdose in order to save a life was so horrible to your hate-filled mind that you tried to claim that the bills did not even do what they said. And now that the State government has been running a publicity campaign to make sure that the public knows what these new laws have done (exactly what you were told that they do, which you refused to accept), you must be just drowning in unfulfilled hate. Since you can’t gloat over deaths, you attack a charity just because of the association with Bouldin, don’t you?

  16. Impeccably reasoned Flint, especially your observation that Jacks’s protests of Shire Sharing might actually be due to Amanda Bouldin’s involvement. I would hope that Jacks is not actually this deranged, but his past history certainly seems to indicate otherwise.

  17. “Impeccably reasoned flint?” Hey dracc, why don’t you just suck flinty’s dick while your at it?

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