Giving During Lent

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know that today was foodshare radiothon day here in the Village. Once a year we turn the radio station over for a 12 hour radiothon raise money for the local food pantries in our area. We serve an area of about 20,000 people and so far this year, keeping in mind that the year is only finished the first quarter, the food pantry in Southbridge alone had feed 1,500 people. They are on track to service more than 6,000 people this year alone. All of the food pantries are staffed by volunteers and there is very little overhead.

I was amazed at some of the stats that were being mentioned during the day today. It costs $.16 for a pound of food at the Worcester Food bank and that $5.00 will feed a family of four for five days. Imagine $5.00 for five days that is incredible!

Well today the organizers were a little nerveous about what was going to be collected. With the economy the way it is it was not looking good. The contributions began coming through the door and the phone was ringing but not like in years past. Everyone was working hard and at the end of the day at 6:00pm the final tally was $23,000 raised for the food pantry! Simply Amazing!

That is only the beginging and we will get the final tally in a few weeks as donations keep coming in through the mail and what not. But a big thank you to all who participated in anyway. If you live in the Southbridge area consider making a donation to foodshare and send it to the Catholic Charities building on Elm Street. If you don ‘t live in the Southbridge area consider making a donation to the food pantry in your local area.

God Bless All of You!

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