Second Annual Pawling Rotary Stuff The Bus Brings Community Together For A Worthy Cause

Posted on Jul 26, 2017

At 8:00am on Saturday, June 15th, Pawling Rotary volunteers, led by club President Jeff Asher and Vice President and event chair, Ann Godesky, organized a cadre of additional helpers to Stuff the Bus at the 2nd annual Stuff the Bus Rotary Event, benefitting the Pawling Resource Center Food Bank. Among those on hand to assist were members of the Civil Service Employee Association, which included CSEA President Jeff Stevens along with Pam Rooney, Kevin Richard, Paul Shovelend, and Laura Patrick. The Pawling Resource Center was also represented with a number of volunteers, both at the stuffing and un-loading locations, including Pasquale and Nina Matera, Jamie Stone, Vitaly Andruk, Ana and Danielle Gregorio, Zachary Brady, and Board Chair Jon Ellingworth plus board members Dorlaine McLaughlin Judy, Anna Lindstrom, Susan Stone and Executive Director, Terry Ariano.   Joining this enthusiastic band of community minded citizens were Hannaford’s hard working employees coordinated by associate store manager, Darcy Milazzo, all of whom set about the task of Stuffing the School Bus, donated by the Pawling Central School District, with sorely needed items for the Resource Center’s Food Bank.

The Pawling community was unstinting, as residents bought and delivered bag after bag of needed items to be placed into the bus. Hannaford’s donated boxes of bulk items that were rolled out of the store on two U-boats, which were then loaded into the yellow school bus by a human chain of volunteers.

At 1:00pm the bus was driven to the Resource Center on East Main Street, where volunteers unloaded over 1700 pounds of food items, paper goods, personal care items and infant needs.   Volunteers weighed, counted and placed all items on food bank shelves, where these goods are now available to Resource Center clients.

Specifically, according to Terry Ariano, “we received 1701 lbs of food and personal care items,  501  rolls of  bath tissue  and paper towels)  and 247 dozen diapers and wipes.” Ms. Ariano added, “Thank you to Hannaford’s for their generous donations, and for sponsoring this event. Thank you to a generous Pawling community, and to the amazing folks  who organized and participated from the PRC board, Rotary, CSEA, Pawling Schools and Hannaford’s!  And to many dynamic energetic volunteers for collecting, loading, unloading, weighing counting  and shelving products!” Additionally, Hannaford’s arranged for a contribution box at the event site for anyone who wished to make a cash donation to this event. Those shopping at Hannaford’s on Saturday contributed $423      , as they opened their hearts and wallets in support of this community wide effort.