A message from our Director, Patty Stern:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff, our sincere thanks for your support during the holiday season! The outpouring of donations as well as the gift of volunteer time was very much appreciated. Together as a community we were able to provide many families with a holiday meal, warm clothing and gifts to celebrate the holidays. I can assure you that your kindness made a difference to so many of our neighbors. Together we were able to provide hope! My best wishes for a wonderful new year filled with good health, happiness and peace.
The outpouring of support we recently received from the community was astounding! When we learned that our turkey allocation for Thanksgiving from the Greater Boston Food Bank was going to be cut in half, we were more than a little concerned. We should have known that the community would come through for us, just as they always do!
We issued a plea for turkey donations and what we received was beyond our wildest dreams. Over 800 turkeys were donated, more than enough to feed our neighbors who visited the Pantry during our Thanksgiving Dinner Distribution. The turkeys, along with all of the fixings for dinner, were donated by many area businesses, houses of worship, schools, scout troops and civic groups both within our service area and beyond. We are very grateful for their support. What really touched me, however, was that the majority of our donations were received from individuals and families. This truly exemplifies what the Pantry is all about – lifting and feeding our neighbors. When we each give a little it makes a huge difference!
We are thankful to New England Apple Products Co. in Leominster for contributing cider for our clients, Kimball Farm of Westford for storing our turkeys, Red Tail Golf Club for hosting a “Turkey Shoot” to benefit the Pantry, Dunkin Donuts of Ayer and Sorrento’s of Harvard for providing refreshments for our volunteers. To everyone who rose to the occasion, our sincere thanks. You heard our plea and you took time to help so that others could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Your generosity truly made a difference!
Patricia A. Stern