- Madison Community Services would like to thank our local civic groups who continue to give so generously regardless of economic times.
George Basler is shown presenting the $1,000 check from the Madison Lions Club to Cheryl Campbell, president of Madison Community Services. The Madison Lions have donated $60,000 over the past 20 years to the MCS Food Baskets program, funds earned through managing the bequest of the late Pauline Baldwin.
The individuals in the photo are as follows:
Front row, left to right: Margaret Diglio, Connie Piccione, Linda Remington, Carol Bohling, Andrea Feig, Christine Basler.
Rear, left to right: Dave Longobucco, Fritz Luecke, Cheryl Campbell, George Basler, Antony Pierce-Grove, Dick Borner
Missing from MCS Board: Maryann Francischelli, Mary Ouimet, Nancy Porter Jean Stewart and Mitch Cohan
Missing from Madison Lions’ Baldwin Committee: Pearl Espino
A big thanks to the students and teachers of Island Avenue School and in particular, the Island Avenue Student Council, their advisor, Connie Piccione and Lily Paine. Lily, a 2nd grader, submitted the suggestion – through the Island Avenue School Student Council Suggestion Box – that Island Avenue sponsor a school-wide food drive to support the local Food Pantry. Lily then worked with six 4th grade Student Council members to create hallway posters (including the one shown in the photo) and share information during the morning announcements. This was part of a school-wide initiative to ‘Work hard. Be kind. Make a difference’. They collected 356 pounds of much-needed food.
Madison Girl Scouts recently collected 1000 pounds of food from around their neighborhoods for the MCS food pantry. They sorted and date-checked all the items and, as you can see, they had fun at the same time! Thank you all for such a great job.
MCS extends heartfelt thanks to our community for its recent support which enabled the very successful outreach this Thanksgiving providing food baskets to 94 families and individuals. The Madison Jaycees, the Madison Lions, and the Madison Rotary made substantial monetary donations. Groups in town held food drives which brought in more than 6500 pounds of food! Our thanks go out to St. Margaret’s Church, the students at Ryerson School, and Boy Scout Troup 490 for their amazing efforts. Local companies such as Clarity Solutions and Bilco Doors also donated food. Daniel Hand’s football team gave of its time to pack the donated food. Girl Scouts in town made cookies and Summerhill Farms Catering donated pies. The DHHS Leo Club along with many families and individuals from the community helped fill and deliver the baskets. This endeavor would not have been possible without the help of Wendy Larsen, Social Services Coordinator for Madison Youth & Family Services, and the organizational time and talents of Margaret and Vinnie Diglio. We are thankful for the wonderful efforts made by groups and individuals within the Madison community which make the work of MCS and the Holiday Food Basket Program possible.
Madison Schools’ bus company, Durham School Services, recently held a “Stuff – A- Bus” food drive for the food pantry and got enough food to stuff the bus. Actually, they stuffed the bus with 2625 pounds of food! Thank you for such a great drive.
Many thanks to St. Margaret Parish for this past Fathers’ Day weekend’s food drive. Over 3500 pounds were raised. The parishioners sorted, date checked and transported the food. It was done in record time. Great job Connie and Michael Piccione for organizing the event.
The Madison Women’s Club recently made a $500.00 donation to the MCS Food Pantry. Barbara De Rosa, one of our volunteers, and also, a member of the Women’s Club presented Mitchell Cohan with a check for the $500.00.
A big thank you to Michelle Catucci and all the kids at Brown Middle School for the wonderful food drive. They raised 150 lbs of food which was much needed. We also would like to thank Anne Marie Haigis for all she does in the organization of the school drives.
St. Andrew’s Church just held a food drive over the weekend of May 19 and brought in over 1200 pounds of much needed food. Pastor Steve is seen here blessing the food before it was moved to the food pantry by lots of St. Andrews parishioners.
Many thanks to Shay Toohey, her family, and Madison Little League, for holding a food drive at the opening day parade for Madison Little League. A total of 345 pounds of food was raised. Have a great season.