SHELTON = "The Dust Off Cruise on April 12 supported by Heav'nly Donuts in Derby netted 2,511 food items and the 13th annual Valley Has a Heart Spooner House food collection held April 18 were both very successful," said Executive Director Susan Agamy. "We came very close to our goal of $5,000. We received $2,001 cash combined with donated sponsor dollars of $2,550 for a total of $4,551.23. We received 2,763 non-perishable food items, as well. We owe the lower Naugatuck Valley residents appreciation for their continued generosity, despite the long, cold winter. Our shelves are now a lot more full thanks to their generosity."
The results of the April 18th drives from the two Stop & Shop stores in Ansonia and Shelton and the Adams Super Food Store in Derby were:
Ansonia- 1,139 food items; $728.34 cash
Shelton- 1,099 food items; $896.84 cash
Derby-525 food items; $373.05 cash
Total 'Valley Has a Heart' site sponsors were:
Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, PC ( Shelton and Ansonia ): $700
Hairy Dog Grrrage ( Derby ): $350
Stop & Shop (marquee - all): $1,500
Total Sponsors: $2,550
Spooner House deeply appreciates all the volunteers. In Shelton, they included members of the Shelton High School National Honor Society and a number of regular Spooner House volunteers. In Derby there were staff and some of their kids, grandkids and friends, as well as two Seymour High School volunteers. In Ansonia , Spooner House had about 25 people volunteering including those from the Shelton Youth Service Bureau's Youth2Youth program, Holy Rosary confirmation class volunteers and additional Spooner House staff and interns. During the day on Saturday at Spooner House, there were more than 15 volunteers from Save Our Youth.
Agamy noted that these critical food drives owed their success to these volunteers. “We simply couldn’t complete drives without volunteers," she said. "To us, they represent the real heart of the Naugatuck Valley .”
(This is a press release from Spooner House)