Sturbridge Rotary aids dozens of local families

38 families receive a bit of mid-winter help

📸 Courtesy photo from of Rotary Club President Dr. David Zonia presenting Burgess Elementary School nurse Lisa Meunier with a check to help local families in need.
By Sydney Leanna
Special to The Citizen Chronicle

STURBRIDGE — Who doesn’t love a good home-cooked crockpot meal around the holidays?

Holidays are a time of good food and cheer… and to quote the movie Elf, “singing loud for all to hear”. The Sturbridge Rotary Club decided to sing a bit louder for those who need a little extra help this season by donating again this year to the Burgess Family Fund. 

On Tuesday, December 22, Rotary Club President Dr. David Zonia presented a $2,000 check to Burgess School Nurse Lisa Meunier, RN, M.Ed. as many Sturbridge Rotarians banded together to help 38 local families in need—approximately 101 children and 66 adults. Each family received a crock pot from Rotary, as well as a crock pot cookbook and non-perishable food items for their holiday meal.

Meunier and her team has been helping families through this program for over 24 years and says she loves “that everyone in this community comes together and cares for each other”. This program has been a success every single year and continues to provide food and toys for so many local families. The success of the program is possible because of strong relationships between the many community groups involved in the Burgess Family Fund.

The event was another example of the Rotary Club working with other community groups to help their neighbors. The beauty of it all is that this is a true community effort. Through community, compassion, and dedication, the world was a little bit brighter on December 22. This time of year is truly a time of giving. As you and your family head into the new year, let us continue to support each other, as well as our community as a whole.

📸 Courtesy photo of crock pots, non-perishable food items, and more being staged for distribution to 38 local families.

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