January 21, 2021

Doorways Volunteers of the Year - 2020

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Evan Fasteson, Timothy Breen, and Emily Fasteson have worked every curbside food distribution for Doorways for the past eight months, with great energy and good humor. Doorways is pleased to name them “Volunteers of the Year” for the year 2020.

This has been an extremely difficult year for Doorways Food Pantry, with sharp increases in the number of clients served and even sharper increases in the cost of feeding those clients. But this community has responded in our time of need, supporting us at levels not seen before. Your gifts support many Seekonk residents in need of a helping hand, and the food thus provided will fill the cupboards of homes throughout our community during the long winter season. More than seventy local families rely on Doorways on a regular basis, and Doorways, in turn, relies on people like you.

This past November, Doorways began its twentieth year in operation. In our first week of operation, seven families were served. This year, eighty families received a Thanksgiving meal through the Doorways food pantry. Over the course of the last twenty years, many hundreds of families have received necessary support, and over one and a half million pounds of food has been distributed – all at no cost to our clients, and all made possible by the generosity of the people of Seekonk. Our gratitude is boundless - we are humbled by your support, awed by your generosity, and hopeful for the future. We give thanks for all you do.

Doorways is pleased to announce our first-ever “Volunteers of the Year” for 2020, the year of the Covid. In response to the pandemic, Doorways was forced to radically shrink our volunteer base in order to limit the numbers involved. Since we switched to contactless food delivery eight months ago, these three teens have become mainstays of the Doorways operation – they have worked every curbside food distribution from May through December, growing in responsibility while retaining a touch of youthful spirit that has found great favor with our clients. There is no beacon of hope in a community quite like young people displaying empathy and engaging in community service - these young people are the light shining in the darkness, the assurance that not everyone is more absorbed in their phone than they are in their neighbor.

May God bless us all as we close out the Christmas season and look forward in hope to the New Year. Thank you again. We are very grateful for your support.

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