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Norwich doubles down on holiday giving

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NORWICH, Vt. -

Around the holidays, you often hear about individuals volunteering or fundraising to help those in need. But what about an entire town?

That's exactly what's happening in Norwich.  The idea began at Dan & Whits. The owners of the general store decided to donate one percent of all sales from December 1-19, with the proceeds -- up to $100,000 -- benefiting the Haven, a homeless shelter and food bank in nearby White River Junction.  From there, about 35 other businesses and organizations throughout the town got on board.

 "We have pretty much every person on board in town, it is pretty amazing.  We are encouraging everybody to shop locally.  And so that challenge is out there and we're encouraging folks to shop with us first and to shop here because one percent of our sales will go to the Haven, which is really desperate for food.  We are trying to do what everyone should do, what everyone should do and help them out -- for people who are in need," said Dan Fraser.

The town is also organizing drop-off points at various locations for canned food and will be holding a community dinner on December 21st as a way to thanks those who helped make the events success.

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