November 20, 2019

Good evening, everybody – Today we served a total of 47 families, including 91 adults, 72 children and 17 seniors, for a total of 180 people.

          We’ve been receiving a heartwarming number of donations, both financial and edible, from many churches, synagogues and individuals, some of whom are on this list.  We are grateful, and it’s made it possible for us to give Stop & Shop gift cards to all our clients today.  We’ll do the same thing at Christmas, so we really appreciate the contributions.
          Last year a wonderful woman by the name of Meg Lauer passed away much too soon.  She loved the pantry and asked that people donate to us in lieu of flowers.  We received many donations in her name, and her husband, Mark Lauer, still continues to remember us even though he lives far away.  Our deepest thanks continue to go out to the Lauer family.
          The Interfaith Caring Community, of which South Church is a member, will be having an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 59 East Main Street in Elmsford.  There will be music, words of wisdom and refreshments.  Bring some shelf-stable food items for the OLMC food pantry (please check for expiration dates).  Come one, come all.
          This coming Sunday, also November 24, the South Church teen group will be making pies for the pantry to give out the day before Thanksgiving.  Marc, Peter and Lenore will be with them and they’ll talk about the importance of food pantries and what it might be like to be food-insecure.  A great learning experience for the kids, and fun as well.  Thanks to Marc, Peter and Lenore for doing this.
          I was contacted by the leader of a group of Cub Scouts who want to help the pantry by sorting and stocking food on a Saturday morning.  We’ve received a donation of food from the Dobbs Ferry Garden Club, and we’re expecting another donation of food from Cabrini of Westchester, so, with the help of my husband Benny, the Scouts will have plenty to do.
          We’ll be open both morning and evening the day before Thanksgiving.  Benny and I will not be there, but the volunteers will carry on.  Thanks to all of you.
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