February 20, 2019

Good evening, everybody – today we served 39 families, including 74 adults, 56 children and 11 seniors.  We served a total of 140 people today.

       Today was a test of everybody’s good spirits because the South Church sanctuary is being painted over the next month, which means our clients had to wait their turn in a much smaller room.  And, since this was a week off from school, quite a few children were included.  Everybody was patient and cooperative about it.  They waited in the room occupied by our volunteer art therapist, Stephanie Buck, and more people than usual got caught up in doing art projects.  So it actually turned out to be a good thing.
       I went to church at Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church this past Sunday in order to thank them for doing a Souper Bowl of Caring drive for us.  One of their deacons has made the pantry her particular mission, so she’ll be visiting us soon to see how best she can help.  DFLC is a church that is very involved in helping the community.
       In the next week or two I’ll also be attending Ardsley United Methodist Church, another church that, month after month, gathers bags and bags of food for us.  Ken and Brenda Stahn faithfully collect the bags, load them into their car and deliver the bags to South Church’s kitchen.
       I’ll also be visiting Zion Episcopal here in Dobbs Ferry for the same reason – regular, consistent, reliable provision of shelf-stable food for us without our even asking for it.  It just shows up, unbidden, delivered and shelved by Carol Seischab.  What more could we ask?
       This past Monday was the annual luncheon of the Dobbs Ferry Senior Center, of which Benny and I are proud members.  In addition to a delicious lunch at La Catena, people brought food for the pantry!  Even though many of these members live on a fixed income, they think of us and help us whenever they can.  Plus there’s a bin at the Senior Center which members stock whenever they think of it.
       If anybody on this list would like to donate some diapers, we would appreciate it.  As of today we have three pregnant clients who will be needing diapers and baby wipes very soon.

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