May 25, 2024

Confirmation Candidate Mason Doherty Brings Birthday Joy to Doorways


Mason Doherty is a 9th grader and a confirmation candidate at St. Margaret’s Parish in Rumford. Part of his confirmation requirements was to develop and complete a community service project. Mason decided he wanted to do something to benefit the Doorways food pantry because he has always enjoyed his time volunteering at Doorways with the Boy Scouts Troop 1. The assignment came to Mason during his birthday week, and so he was inspired to create “birthdays in a bag” – a bag containing all the fixings needed to celebrate a family birthday, with hats, candles, napkins, cake mix and frosting.

Mason created a flyer that was shared on social media to collect donations and money for the project. He received donations from family and friends, including several Troop 1 Scout families, eventually raising enough funds to create 24 “birthdays in a bag” which he delivered to Doorways. The kits will be distributed to our shopper families to help them celebrate their special days – birthdays that will be a little happier, thanks to this young man who is living proof that generosity is not dead, and that not everyone is more interested in their phone than in the other people in their community. The community of Doorways wishes to send our thanks to Mason, and we wish him heaven’s blessings as he prepares for his confirmation in May.


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