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!
A VOICEMAIL WE RECENTLY RECEIVED FROM A CLIENT…
“I don’t know where else to turn. I’m doing my best trying to provide for my two boys, but money is tight. I try to stretch what little food we have, but it’s hard. If there is anything you can do to help it would be very much appreciated.”
-Susan, a single mom from Shirley
We hear these stories every day. So many are struggling. Your support allows us to continue to help our neighbors like Susan and her boys.
If you’ve made a donation recently, our sincere thanks. Your support has provided food and hope!