Dinner Table Thank You!!!!
Wow!!! Thanks to all who so faithfully support the Dinner Table with your time, talent and treasure. Thanks to you our St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser was a fantastic success. After expenses, we will have cleared close to $15,000 to feed our neighbors in need. Thank you for your generosity.As you know, the Dinner Table is now a joint venture with St. Francis of Assisi. Parishioners from St. Francis cook and serve on Fridays, while we continue to do the same on Wednesdays. In the 12 weeks we have been working together we have served approximately 3,928 meals. This past Saturday, we prepared for takeout 390 corned beef dinners. When folks came to pick up their meal, they were treated to Irish music and a joyous group of folks dressed in St. Paddy’s Day garb from St. Francis, directing traffic, collecting money and distributing orders. Inside, beyond the public’s gaze our hard–working PDCC volunteers were packaging the prepared meal and bagging it for delivery. Those who cooked the meal were hard at work all week purchasing, prepping and cooking the fixings including a fantastic treat of beautifully packaged cookies. The clean–up crew worked its magic. The reservation hot line was wonderfully managed, the advertising and social media outreach informed the community and volunteers were assigned long before the event. These folks led these efforts from PDCC: Val Lowell, Mary DePietro, Sharon Lankford, Darlene Hermes, Bob and Jeanne Congdon, Steve and Jane Stabile, Wally Young, Linda Jeans and Sylvia Blanda. Craig Marciniak and Eve Sweeney led the St. Francis effort.For this fundraiser we had 39 community sponsors in four categories: Pot of Gold, Over the Rainbow, Shamrock and Leprechaun. Our Pot of Gold sponsors are now considered partners with PDDT and will receive quarterly updates on our work. They are Ameriprise Financial (Blackerby, Seitz and Associates), the Swain Family, Wakefield Rotary, Geabers Liquors, CertaPro Painters,Sweenor’s Chocolates of Wakefield, Belmont Market, Dave’s Marketplace, Wakefield Pediatrics, The Independent and Southern RI Newspapers.On Saturday, our community witnessed what happens when people are determined to make an impact in their world. They saw two separate churches (Peace Dale Congregational and St. Francis of Assisi), two separate faiths (Protestant and Catholic), all sharing a common drive, compassion, love, humility, and the desire to comfort those in need. This project had so many working parts that it had to be God’s plan because at the end of the day, the Community certainly put their arms around the Dinner Table’s mission of feeding children and their families, the alone and the hungry. Two churches, two different faiths, one common bond, LOVE for others! God is still speaking.