New organization formed in Morris to help needy
Jo Ann Battistoni carries a box of donated non-perishable food during the collection effort the new Morris Friends and Neighbors organization held on Saturday to benefit the Morris Food Bank. Below, sorting donated items are, from left, Maureen Doyle, Susan Jeanfavre and Rodney Hunter. BZ photos
The new Morris Friends and Neighbors community assistance organization got off to a strong start on Saturday as it collected more than 800 non-perishable food items for the Morris Food Bank.
Involved in the collection effort at the Town Hall parking lot were Susan Jeanfavre, Jo Ann Battistoni, Zoe Greenwood, Rodney Hunter, Carrie Keppler, Maureen Doyle, Mary Delahunty and Mary Ann Orzell.
"We didn't think we'd get this much, so we're very pleased," Orzell said of the donations.
Morris Friends and Neighbors was formed to assist Morris residents in need, Orzell said.
"We'll help residents who may have hit a speed bump in life and need some financial assistance," Orzell said.
A fundraising breakfast on Oct. 5 will be the organization's next event, according to Orzell.
Jeanfavre oversees the town's food bank in her capacity as the first selectman's administrative assistant and said Saturday's effort will replenish the shelves in the food bank.
"We're a year-round food bank, so this provides a great lift for us," Jeanfavre said.
Anyone interested in donating to the food bank and residents needing its services can call Jeanfavre at 860-567-7430.
Some of the items donated for the Morris Food Bank.
Madeline Keppler volunteered her time to help out.