A Wonderful Christmas for 41 Local Families

It was a busy week for Rotary members as we helped with the distribution of food, turkey vouchers, toys and gift cards for which Rotary donated funds.  All of these items were added to other gifts donated by school families and community members.  Rotary worked with Lisa Meunier, school nurse at Burgess, who identified 41 Burgess families (impacting 150 individuals) going through difficult times this Christmas.  The John Paul II Food Pantry delivered the 41 boxes of food on Tuesday and the rest of the items donated were added to the boxes.  On Thursday, Rotarians and Burgess staff members helped deliver the boxes to the cars of the recipients.  To witness the thankfulness of the recipients was very rewarding as well as emotional for us.  While we have given this donation previously, this was our first year with hands-on delivery of the food, cards and gifts.  Our efforts were openly appreciated and it gave us a much closer look at the impact of our humanitarian work as Rotarians.  We went home cold and tired but with a smile on our faces and a feeling of great satisfaction.

Burgess - Pantry truck 12-19-2017

Len Lazure (Food Pantry)

Len Lazure (Food Pantry)

Pauline, Len Lazure (Food Pantry), Lisa Meunier (Burgess)

Pauline, Len Lazure (Food Pantry), Lisa Meunier (Burgess)

School nurse, Robin Metcalf, Peter, Lisa Meunier, Pauline, Bob, Austin

School nurse, Robin Metcalf, Peter, Lisa Meunier (Burgess), Pauline, Bob, Austin

Bob White

Bob White

Robin Metcalf and Austin

Robin Metcalf and Austin