Community Hero Award recognizes Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone (left) is the first recipient of the Community Hero Award. She was nominated by Joan Gonsalves (right) for her work with Our Open Umbrella. Staff Photo/Max Bowen
North Attleboro - Plainville Rotary Club is seeking out this year's Rotary Club distinguished Service Awards Recipients

On Monday, Feb. 8, the organizers of the Community Hero Award recognized its first recipient, Sarah Stone.

Stone was nominated by Joan Gonsalves, a member of the community who recognized her hard work launching the Community Comets Food Pantry, now known at Our Open Umbrella. Stone recognized the need in the community for this kind of outreach and has done her due diligence to see those needs filled. When COVID-19 struck, she has met the challenge with her team of volunteers, delivering meals to families this past year so as to help mitigate exposure. Her aspirations are to help feed and clothe those children in our community with dignity and respect, so they can feel proud, confident and equal to their peers.

If people wish to donate money and/or time to Our Open Umbrella and learn more, visit There is a link by clicking on donate to Amazon with a list of popular items requested from her program and purchase them, Amazon will then ship them directly to Our Open Umbrella. For monetary donations, please visit and for more information email her at

The Community Hero Award is a partnership between The Laughing Shield Comic Shop), the Downtown Association of North Attleborough, and Ashworth Awards. To make a nomination, visit