2008-08-22 / Letters

Thank you Editor Schwach

Dear Editor,

The First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach wishes to thank all of those who helped us in our drive to fill our community food pantry on Saturday, August 9. Mr. Schwach, your kind personal effort to find a place in The Wave for our announcement of the food drive, even though it was sent in at the last moment, greatly assisted us. Also, Mike Andracchi, Store Manager of the Waldbaum's supermarket in Rockaway Park, graciously accommodated our request to collect in front of the store. Numerous shoppers donated canned goods and other food products. One man (who requested anonymity) contributed over $200 in food and Waldbaum's gift cards to aid our cause. In contrast, the very first donation of the day, one can of vegetables, was received from a woman who said that she herself was on food stamps. The generosity of all is greatly appreciated. Your contributions will make it possible for our church volunteers to distribute many bags of food to families in the Rockaways who are in dire need.

First Congregational Church, formed in 1886, was one of the earliest houses of worship in the Rockaways. An open and affirming member of the United Church of Christ, we are located at 320 Beach 94 Street, due east of the Cross Bay Bridge entrance plaza. Additional donations may be brought to the church on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Items needed include: canned tuna and salmon, canned meats, spaghetti and pasta, and macaroni and cheese, cans and jars of pasta sauce, canned vegetables, soups, canned fruit, instant oatmeal, variety packs of small cereal, travel-size toiletries, and toiletries, and toilet paper.

For further information about our food pantry and our church, call 718- 634-4701, e-mail: firstcongregational@ earthlink.net, or visit our website: www.first-congregational.com. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here at First Congregational!



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