A huge Christmas surprise donation came early to the New Life Church Food Pantry on Monday, Dec. 5. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 90 presented New Life Church Pastor Ken Bosse and Food Pantry Coordinators Dotty Deslauriers and Lorraine Plant and food pantry volunteers Rebecca Bailey and Adana Mastrofine with a $1,000 check. The funds were collected during the annual softball team grudge match between the American Legion and Supreme House of Pizza that was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Cammett Fields.
Left to right - Front row: Adana Mastrofine, Rebecca Bailey, and Arthur Curtis. Back row: Bob Deslauries, Matt Bodendorf, Dotty Deslauries, Lorraine Plant, Pastor Ken Bosse, George Plante.
Left to right - Bob Howardth, Lorraine Plant, Dotty Deslauries, Pastor Ken Bosse and Bill Malette.
A second surprise check was also given that evening. Members of the VFW Post #4479 Men's Auxiliary presented an $1,100 check the New Life Church Food Pantry. The look of total surprise was on all of the New Life Church folks faces.
Left to right - George Plante, Lorraine Plant, Dotty Deslauries, Pastor Ken Bosse and Rebecca Bailey.
Left to right - Dotty Deslauries, Steve Schlangen, VFW treasurer; Lorraine Plant, Pastor Ken Bosse, Rebecca Bailey, George Plante, Bob Deslauries, and Adana Mastrofine holding the check.
$1,100 Check from VFW Post #4479 Mens Auxiliary.
Food Pantry Coordinator Dorothy Deslauriers said over the past few weeks they served over 60 families, handed out 47 baskets and fed 121 people for Thanksgiving. This past week alone they provided food for 10 new families who needed food because they just could not make ends meet. She said the donations were extremely appreciated and help the food pantry so much.
Malotte said the next softball grudge match game is scheduled for September 2017. He also said that he wants to extend a huge Thank You to everyone who participated in these softball fund raising events.
The food pantry at New Life Church, at 84 Nottingham Road, is open on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 11 AM to 1:30 PM and 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Call the church at 895-6041 to ask about assistance or for more information.