Melanie Sachs, executive director of Freeport Community Services, has announced that the annual Freeze Out fundraiser will not be a 24-hour event on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, due to a Freeport Public Safety warning asking people not be out on the streets past 6 p.m. Saturday because of the predicted snowstorm.

“We have checked with the First Parish Church, and due to their own events, it is not possible to postpone the Freeze Out to another weekend,” Sachs said. “So we will be holding the Freeze Out just a bit shorter (although with a high forecast to only be in the teens, and a wind chill consistently below zero in the far negative numbers all day, I’m pretty sure it will still feel like 24 hours out there).”

She said the Freeze Out crew will be at the First Parish Church, on Main Street, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“Our plan is to be there until 5 p.m. If you had signed up to stand with us in the evening, we encourage you to come during the day and form an enthusiastic crowd,” said Sachs. “Our mission remains the same ¬– to highlight the need for food and fuel this time of year, and be the voice for those who are most vulnerable.”

The Freeport Community Services Freeze Out is held to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in Maine, and the need for fuel and food assistance. Residents donate funds and food to the volunteers, who traditionally stand in front of the church for 24 hours, from 10 a.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday.

Sachs said that the Rotary Club “Stuff the Bus” food drive will still be held at Shaw’s Supermarket, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The donated food will be transported to Freeport Community Center at 3.

“If you are planning to be there at Shaw’s at 3 p.m. to help transport the food to FCS, or plan to be at FCS at 3 p.m. to help unload the food, please send me an email and your cell phone,” Sachs said. “If conditions worsen throughout the afternoon and the drive needs to be shortened, we want to let you know.”

Sachs can be contacted at [email protected], 865-3985, ext. 204, or 299-6825.


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