“Season of Giving” is celebrated at Pawling Resource Center with support from Dutchess County and AT&T

Posted on Nov 15, 2017


The  Pawling Resource Center celebrates the start of the “Season of Giving” with a visit from a few Dutchess County supporters. Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson continues to support the center with donations of holiday food.  For the past several years, AT&T has made a generous donation for the purchase of holiday turkeys and other items, through the efforts of Ed Bergstraesser, Director of External Affairs.  Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor generously designates a portion of his annual food drive results for the PRC.  All gathered on Tuesday November 14th to officially kick off the season. 

The Center, which houses a Food Pantry, medical loan closet, and provides rides for local residents to medical appointments and food shopping, sees a great increase in use of services during the holidays.  A special Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution of food is given,  Also,  a holiday Adopt-a-Family program offers community members an opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific family or be Adopted” and receive gifts they might not be able to enjoy on their own. 

Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson, PRC Board Chair Rev. Mark Allan, PRC Executive Director Terry Ariano, Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor and Ed Bergstraesser of AT&T show their support at the kick-off for the “Season of Giving” at the Pawling Resource Center’s Food Pantry. Support from these folks and the Pawling community with donations of food, turkeys, paper products and toiletry items helps the Center provide holiday meals for local families in need.


Ed Bergstraesser, Director of External Affairs at AT &T, Rev. Mark Allan, Board Chair, and Terry Ariano, Executive Director of the Pawling Resource Center, and Kira Gorman, Chief of Staff  for Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, carry in the results of the food drive organized by Kieran Michael Lalor for the Resource Center.


For more information please call the Pawling Resource Center at 845-855-3459.

 Photos by Laurie Spens