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Sarah Pease: Northampton Survival Center helped by thousands

To the editor:

It is not the major events of life, but all the moments in between that define us as individuals and as a community.

Each year in May, Northampton comes together with many acts of kindness to support the Northampton Survival Center through the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive. We are so grateful that on May 11 thousands of people donated food, letter carriers gave their time and energy to pick up and deliver 20,000 pounds of donations and hundreds of our volunteers worked before and during the drive to make it a success.

In addition, a few folks stood out for us this year: the man who hand-delivered a bag of toothpaste and soap that were clearly purchased specifically for us, the couple who rescued orange bags from the rain and dried all the donations before bringing them to us and a Stop & Shop employee who donated his time to organize hundreds of boxes for us to use during the drive.

These folks did not stand out because their donations were better than any others, but because they were unique and the intentions of their hearts were so clear. Many of us are inclined to think our actions are too small to have an impact. So, I hope that each one of you who supports us in any way knows the importance of even the smallest of your actions.

Together, you help the Northampton Survival Center care for those in our community who most need our support. Surely, that is Northampton at its finest.

Sarah Pease

Northampton

Sarah Pease is program director with the Northampton Survival Center.

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