Here’s just a sampling of the GOOD that took place in Methuen over the holiday season …

Forest St. sharing food, lessons


Forest Street Pastor Carrie Burnap gathers on the altar with some young followers for a lesson on Advent joy!



With food being so expensive, Forest Street Union Church’s “small church family with a big God” provided 35 complete Thanksgiving meals for those in need. Here, parishioner Avery is rightly proud of her parish’s good deeds!

Chapel School’s Mitten Tree

This year’s Mitten Tree, from the Chapel School and First Church Congregational, was loaded with donations of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves – all given to the Methuen Public Schools Family Resource Center for families in need. Here, Chapel students pose with grown-ups (from left) Methuen Public Schools Superintendent Brandi Kwong, Pre-K teacher Kristina Bertolami and Chapel School Director Gina Colarusso. Courtesy photo

Growing Years’ Mitten Tree

Growing Years Learning Center once again will help keep needy children warm this winter, thanks to the generosity of their students’ families. Shown are co-directors Mallary Forzese (left), Stephanie Forzese McCormack and students with some of the new coats, hats and mittens they collected for Lazarus House. Courtesy photo

Foster Kids’ group goes big!

Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley has again gone BIG this holiday season, sharing gifts and good cheer with local children. Over 100 community volunteers, many from local businesses, purchased and wrapped hundreds of gifts which were presented to the children during a festive, fun and food-filled Christmas party. More than 300 children received the bags filled with items from their wish lists through the generosity of FKMV’s Santa’s Helpers. In addition, each child received a coat, hat, mittens and pajamas. Many other children who are in care are also supported with toys, games and clothing. Here, some FKMV members take a breather with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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