LETTER TO THE EDITOR-Tremendous thanks for years of support of Supply Sacks

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The annual Supply Sacks drive brought in donations of toys, school supplies, and clothing for children in the foster care system. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

Please accept this as a bittersweet, sincere thank you and gratitude to all the individuals who, as in the past, continue to be so very generous in donating various school supplies, personal necessities and monetary donations to the Supply Sacks program. The Supply Sacks program is a vital program that I initiated many years ago to assist the enormous number of children who are newly entering the Department of Children and Families or presently reside in foster care in our town as well as our surrounding communities. All of the donations go directly to assist these children.

It is very bittersweet as I have so enjoyed assisting individuals, in need, throughout my tenure as a State Representative; but as I am retiring this is one aspect that I am really going to miss.

Throughout the years, I have been honored to have been able to partner with the Sun Chronicle, the North Attleborough Town Hall and the Attleboro YMCA to be able to accomplish this wonderful endeavor. As always, our communities have shown their caring and generosity in such an overwhelming way – as was evident by the supplies collected at the North Attleborough Town Hall and the Attleboro YMCA. Believe me, I know that this effort could not have been accomplished without the caring and generosity of all the kind-hearted individuals that reside in our community as well as surrounding communities.

I would also like to offer a very special thank you to the following individuals for taking the time out of their very busy schedules to travel to the North Attleborough Town Hall and express the wonderful and positive impact that these donations make on the children entering the foster care system. A huge thanks to Mr. Joseph Rucker, the Director of the Taunton Department of Children and Families, and his staff for joining me at the North Attleborough Town Hall for coming and picking up all of the donations and supplies.

In addition to thanking all of the individuals who personally donated to this worthy cause, a tremendous thank you, to the following groups, who took on this effort as their own personal effort and collected donations in which they brought the North Attleborough Town Hall to be distributed to these children. Therefore, my tremendous thanks, the Bungay Lake Knitters for all of the hand-knitted, beautiful articles, Plainridge Park Casino, Mr. Bill Runey along with Bill Runey, III and the Attleboro High School Football Team. It is truly a joint effort in order to achieve the success that this program continues to achieve to assist the enormous number of children entering the Department of Children and Families – thank you, thank you, thank you.

This outstanding and overwhelming response of donations collected could not have been achieved without all of the individuals and groups mentioned as well as so many of you, our local citizens, who kindly dropped off items. A very special thank you goes out to everyone who donated, especially this year. Even though everyone has been affected by this year’s pandemic, no one would know it by again the overwhelming generosity and donations that we were able to supply the Department of Children and Families this year. It is individuals and groups such as yourselves who continuously and unconditionally prove to me that I, in no doubt, reside and have represented a community that always comes together to assist people in time of need.

So, again as a bittersweet thank you, I would like to sincerely thank you and extend to you my heartfelt appreciation for everyone who participated or donated in this effort.

Thank you, State Representative Betty Poirier