New England Amputee Association benefit dinner to be held Jan. 20 in Holden


New England Amputee Association benefit dinner to be held Jan. 20 in HoldenHolden – Chaffin Congregational Church of Holden will host a ham and bean dinner Friday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m., to benefit the New England Amputee Association. The snow date is Saturday, Jan. 21. The menu includes ham, baked beans, corn bread and coleslaw, with brownies and ice cream for dessert.

Over 2 million Americans live with limb loss. Each year, on average, 185,000 amputations are performed in the United States. The New England Amputee Association's mission is to reach out to people with limb loss and provide a supportive environment where information and experiences are shared and friendships are formed. Speakers at the monthly group meetings inform amputees and their families on a wide range of topics relating to living with limb loss. Volunteer Certified Peers, trained by the Amputee Coalition of America, visit recent amputees and their families.

Cost of the dinner is $8 per person and free for children under 12. Pre-paid reservations may be made calling the church office at 1-508-829-2146. Take-out will be available, but should be called in ahead. Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food or other non-perishable items for the Wachusett Food Pantry.

Chaffin Congregational Church is located at 155 Shrewsbury St., and is handicap-accessible.

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