Bags for Serenity Provides Support for Those in Need

Bags for Serenity Provides Support for Those in Need
Bags for Serenity

When WHS Senior Emma Figaro learned that her employer, Windham Junction, was collecting items for those suffering from addiction, she immediately knew she wanted to help. With the current opiate epidemic in New Hampshire, local organizations are in great need of support to assist those suffering from addiction, which can affect anyone regardless of age, race or economic circumstance. The Manchester Fire Department’s Safe Station program provides a designated safe environment for those individuals seeking assistance and looking to start their path to recovery.  Serenity Place provides counseling and recovery placement for those seeking help.


“Bags for Serenity” helped provide Safe Stations and Serenity Place with some much needed items for those suffering from addiction. Over a three week timeframe, Emma and Windham Junction Owners Kay and John Normington collected thousands of items that would benefit those in need. These items included ​hand​ ​bags, backpacks,​ ​tote​ ​bags, ​and ​toiletries​ ​such​ ​as toothpaste,​ ​tooth​ ​brush,​ ​hair​ ​brushes,​ ​soap,​ ​razors, makeup,​ ​deodorant, and more.​ Collection sites were established at the Windham Junction and Windham High School. Emma established the collection site at WHS and worked with advisories to spread the word and collect items. Once the items were collected, they were placed into bags personalized for men and women and an inspirational note​ ​was included with each one. In total, over 150 Bags for Serenity were presented to the Manchester Fire Department. Great job Emma, Kay and John Normington and all of those who contributed! These efforts truly demonstrate that together we can make a difference. bags L to R: Emma Figaro, Manchester Fire Chief Goonan, Lisa Sorenson, Kay and John Normington



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