2011-11-24 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks to everyone for help with baskets

The members of the St. Mark Outreach would like to thank everyone who donated to the Thanksgiving turkey baskets and the food pantry.

The distribution of the turkey baskets this year was successful thanks to many groups and organizations. The Jamestown Rotary Club again this year supplied baskets filled with everything for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Maggie Grenier and Sue Brayman, along with the Salvation Army, the Cubs Scouts, sixth-grade students from Our Lady of Mercy in East Greenwich, and the Jamestown school bus drivers, donated baskets as well.

Thank you to those who helped stock the food pantry. The Boy Scouts collected food items left by the generous people in Jamestown. Not only did the scouts collect the items, they sorted and checked dates too, which made our job easy.

Thank you to the children in the Melrose Avenue School kindergarten class. The children saved their pennies and along with their teachers walked to McQuade’s, where they purchased items that were added to the Thanksgiving baskets and also put into the food pantry.

The organizers of Empty Bowls donated gift cards to McQuade’s and Stop & Shop, which will be used for items we are unable to stock in the food pantry.

We would also like to thank the teachers and staff at the Melrose and Lawn Avenue schools for the proceeds from dress-down day. This will also help greatly in our food pantry.

Another helper is Bill Brayman, who collects the donations left at the door leaving McQuade’s and brings them to St. Mark two or three times a week.

This is the second year that Jamestown knitters have made scarves to go with the Thanksgiving baskets. Thank you for your busy handy work.

The work done by the Outreach Committee is greatly appreciated. Their hard work and dedication keeps everything running smoothly.

A special thank you to Father O’Neill, whose guidance and support keep us in the spirit of giving.

Thank you and may God bless you all.

Kathy Brownell

Chairwoman

St. Mark Outreach

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