NORWALK — Local community groups and businesses and town officials all came together to make the Stone Soup Food Drive a “huge success,’’ House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., announced today a press conference highlighting the week-long effort that raised thousands of dollars in goods and even more in cash.
“This is all the proof anyone needs to show how much can be accomplished when a community pools all its resources – people, ideas and a common interest in helping those in need–and focuses its attention on what is important,’’ Cafero said at an event Westy Self Storage on Keeler Ave. Cafero pointed to the storage units filled with goods that will be distributed through Christian Community Action, CAA. CAA provides much needed relief to those in need, whether it is food, shelter home furnishings, clothing or financial aid.
“All those involved are to be commended, particularly Westy Self Storage and CAA who make this program work,’’ Cafero said. He also thanked Stew Leonard’s for the generous donations of goods and the support the Stone Soup food Drive received locally from Mayor Moccia’s office and City Hall.
Thousands of dollars in good were received during the drive that took place from Sept. 21-25. In addition, Cafero announced that about $2,000 in cash was donated.
Last summer Cafero helped broker the arrangement between Westy which provided the storage space and CAA which administers the critical programs for hundreds of people and families.
“All these efforts will make a major difference in the lives of man many, many families. We are experiencing difficult financial times and everyone is affected in some way – some, much more than others. We should never forget we are all part of the same community,’’ Cafero said.