Susan Sedensky, J.D.
Stephen J. White, President
Dr. Gene S. Renz, D.D.S., Vice President
Patricia Crowley, Treasurer
Beth D'Amato, Assistant Treasurer
Sarah Whalen, Secretary
Mary-Ellen Sposato Rogers
The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center was started by the grassroots efforts of several local residents more than 30 years ago. It quickly became a safety net for people who found themselves in need of a helping hand. At that time, our founders probably never imagined that the PNC would face its current situation, as hundreds turn to us for food, clothing, heating and financial assistance.
But the beauty of the PNC does not lie in the wisdom of its founders, nor in the material or financial help that the PNC provides. The beauty is found in the community spirit expressed each time we open our mail and find generous contributions, meet someone at our door bringing food that they just picked up at the grocery store, open an Amazon box filled with pet food, distribute blankets, coats or diapers, or answer our phones and hear the common phrase, "What do you need?"
All of those things happen almost every day. I wish that you could see what I see. Each day, I see people reaching out to help strangers. Then, I see recipients accept those gifts with genuine gratitude and often, amazement. In a word - I see love.
Today, I spoke with someone who is facing a difficult illness and realized that he was running out of oil to heat his house. Can you imagine the relief that he must have felt when I said, "The oil truck will be at your house tomorrow to fill your tank"? He couldn't believe it! He responded, "What? I am set for the winter? I won't be cold." I told him that we were happy to lift this one burden. Of course, I was blessed with the satisfaction of offering this gift of heat. But it was actually donors who gave that gift.
Earlier this winter, I spoke with someone who has been walking 2 miles to the grocery store. I told her that the PNC bus would pick her up and bring her to the food pantry. Then, we would transport her to the grocery store for items she did not receive. She also responded with amazement. She had felt alone, without a solution. Suddenly, she had someone she could call when she needed a ride.
Whether you donated food or clothing, mailed a check, hit the "Donate Now" button or sent us a note saying "keep up the good work", we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It is humbling when people thank us, because we know that we are a small piece of the PNC. It takes an entire community to do what we are doing.
I wish that you could see the fruits of your good works, because if you did, you would know with certainly that love abounds.
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