The Kids Who Care youth volunteers of Southington Bread for Life recently packed festive Easter boxes with individually wrapped candy for homebound clients who would otherwise might not have a happy Easter holiday. In addition, an anonymous donor made a generous gift of Easter lilies for each recipient. Forty baskets were assembled, which were delivered with the noonday meal to Bread for Life clients on Good Friday.
Alice Bogue, who lives at Lincoln Lewis Terrace on Academy Street, was one of the recipients. “It was such a wonderful Easter surprise. There was candy and the lily was beautiful. I asked who I could thank but I was told it was anonymous,” she said.
Robin Sack, one of the many parents who works with Kids Who Care said the youth group was formed two years ago in response to the many requests received by Bread for Life for children who were interested in volunteering their time. “This year, the youth group has not only made these Easter boxes but has helped out at many Bread for Life events including Soup Nite, the Crop Walk, the Boy Scout Food Drive, the Southington YMCA Family Fun Fest and also held two fundraisers to collect donations,” Sack said.
The work that Kids Who Care accomplishes is integral in helping Bread for Life fulfill its mission “that no one may go hungry,” said Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director.
A common misconception is that Bread for Life only operates a daily lunchtime soup kitchen. However, each week, the nonprofit also provides 395 hot and 250 cold meals to residents of all senior housing complexes, totaling approximately 33,450 meals every year. Other services include grocery delivery, a summer food program for children and involvement in related outreaches.
“As the need continues to grow, there are folks who want to support the programs that Bread for Life provides to the needy,” Hafford said. “Without such generosity, we could not provide for those who depend on us for support. We are very grateful.”
Bread for Life is a 501c3 nonprofit United Way Agency. For more information, visit www.southingtonbreadforlife.org; on Facebook and Twitter; or call the office at (860) 276-8389.
Robin Lee Michel (on behalf of Bread for Life)
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