As 2020 comes to a close, let’s take a moment to reflect on the difference we’ve made together…
Tracy is a single mom of five who lives in her own home in Shirley. She holds an advanced degree and until recently, had a great job.
“Because I knew there were many families struggling, I donated my stimulus check to the Pantry back in April. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I lost my job this past summer. I’ve never had to use a pantry before, but, I had bills to pay and my children to feed. Thanks to the generosity of so many wonderful donors and volunteers, my children and I enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner. There were only a few presents under our tree this year, but that didn’t matter because we received the best gift of all – the gift of hope! Thank you to everyone who supports the Pantry. You’ll never know how much of an impact you make.”
On behalf of Tracy and the many other families who depend upon the Pantry, my sincere thanks for your generosity this past year. My best for good health and peace in 2021!
Patricia A. Stern
THE POWER OF $1. One day, Wesley, a 6 1/2-year-old, and his mom were talking about helping people in our community. When she mentioned to him that some people don’t have enough food to eat and that she donates money to the Pantry, Wesley dashed up to his room, pulled a dollar bill from his bank and with his mom’s help they mailed it in a beautifully decorated card to Loaves & Fishes!
BAKING WITH A PURPOSE. Charly, a 15-year-old Sophomore at Littleton High School, found that she had a lot of time on her hands because sports were canceled due to the pandemic. Charly is a skilled baker, and she decided to put her time and skills to use for the Pantry. She holds a virtual bake sale every weekend and donates the proceeds to Loaves & Fishes! So far she has donated $400!
BRIANNA’S BRACELETS. Brianna and her family participated in The Neighborhood Food Project until it was temporarily suspended due to COVID. She wanted to find another way to help and that’s when she decided to make bracelets and necklaces! With a bit of help from big brother Ryan, they set up a stand outside their home in Devens and collected $145! Impressive for this little 3rd grader who attends school at Hildreth Elementary in Harvard!
John stopped by the Pantry recently. He told us a story of when he was young…
He was one of 10 siblings. Their dad passed away at the young age of 38. He remembered standing in line at food pantries and how his mother would “stretch” any food she had to make sure each child had something to eat. His mom did all she could to support the family, but, despite her efforts, he recalled how he often went to bed hungry.
Fast forward to 2020…John wanted to do something meaningful to remember his mom, and that’s what brought him to Loaves & Fishes. He arrived at our door with a substantial financial donation in memory of his mother and as he left, our eyes filled with tears.
Like so many others, John walked in the shoes of our neighbors who are struggling and understands what it feels like to be hungry and hopeless. John is grateful and so are we!