GROVETON, N.H. (AP) – They live 80 miles apart, but the residents of Groveton and Freedom consider themselves neighbors.

After hearing about the paper mill layoffs in Groveton, members of the First Christian Church of Freedom started a food drive.

Last week, they delivered two truckloads of food and supplies they collected from surrounding towns and as far away as Manchester and Nashua.

“We’re neighbors helping neighbors,” said Ellie Stokes, who is in charge of the Freedom Food Pantry. The delivery, which also included $2,500 in cash, comes just as the first wave of mill workers exhaust their severance pay.

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