HAMDEN — Active and retired members of the Hamden Fire Department, Hamden Police Department, CERT, and volunteers from other agencies were on hand Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this past week at Hamden Middle School to accept food donations to help families in need during the current Coronavireus pandemic.
Food was also donated by the Connecticut Food Bank and Christ The Bread of Life Parish. Approximately 400 families received the donations. Volunteers at the middle school wore face masks and practiced physical distancing as they loaded the cars of those receiving the food donations and unloaded the cars of the donors.
In addition to Hamden's fire, police, and CERT members, the food drive received support from the National Guard, Hamden Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler, Church Street School Family Engagement Coordinator Hector Velazquez, Hamden’s Community Development Manager Adam Sendroff, and public school staff.
Those who stopped by the middle school to make food donations were also able to pick up a lawn sign with a message of thanks to our first responders in this very difficult time. Kudos to all who pitched in to make this food drive a complete success.
Donnie Buechele and his wife Chris helped all three days. Tom Doherty got snagged by the TV reporter when he made a donation on Wednesday. His message was from the heart.
L-R: HFD retiree Donnie Buechele and his wife, Chris, HPD Officers Angela Vey, Enrique Rivera, and William Onofrio. (CLICK to enlarge to 1500 pixels wide)