COURTESY PHOTOThe Windham MVC Eye Care team surrounding their office’s “Give and Receive” food donation box with their total non-perishable items collected. This year’s drive raised more than 1,650 individual food items for the New Hampshire Food Bank.

Optical offices join to support food bank

Seven New Hampshire optical offices joined forces to help stop hunger in their communities.

MVC Eye Care, Envision Eyecare and Eye See Vision Care created the first "Give and Receive" campaign to spread awareness for the New Hampshire Food Bank as well as thanking their patients for their support. More than 1,650 food items were collected."

Optical officers in Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Windham, and Hampton participated in the food collection.

Upper Room receives grant

DERRY — The Upper Room recently received a $60,000 grant, payable over three years, from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The grant will help further The Upper Room’s mission of “strengthening individuals and families by providing them with the education, services and resources to live healthy self-sufficient lives,” by assisting the organization's operational capacity.

“We are very excited about this opportunity with New Hampshire Charitable Foundation," said Upper Room Executive Director Brenda Guggisberg, “and are confident that our agency will utilize this grant to continue on our quest to improve our infrastructures and efficiencies so that we may continue to be a relied upon resource for children and families in Southern New Hampshire."

Founded in 1986, The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to strengthening individuals and families by providing them with the education, services and resources needed to lead healthy, self-sufficient lives.

EverybodyFights franchise to open

SALEM — EverybodyFights, an award-winning boutique fitness franchise founded by George Foreman III, will open a new studio in Salem.

This is EverybodyFights' ninth location and the news comes shortly after the company announced its Hilltop location in Saugus, Massachusetts. The location will be operated by longtime EverybodyFights trainer Chris DaVeiga and his wife Christina DaVeiga, a current member.

"Boxers are the most in-shape athletes in the world," Chris DaVeiga said. "EverybodyFights takes a boxer's training camp and puts it into a class format, so you can train like a fighter even if you don't want to step into the ring."

Slated to open in April 2020, the EverybodyFights Rock Studio will be located at 303 South Broadway.

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