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Southwick Girl Asks for Food Pantry Donations, Rather Than Birthday Presents


SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — For her 12th birthday, Stephanie Marcil had one wish. “For my birthday party, instead of asking for presents, I asked for canned goods for the food pantry. Already have a lot of things at my house and the one thing that I wanted to give was someone another meal,” she shared.

The idea to donate to Southwick’s Our Community Food Pantry came to Stephanie while brainstorming with her Girl Scout troop about different ways they could help the community.

Her mom Denise, didn’t expect the selfless request.  

“I was really stunned. For an 11 year old to say ‘I don’t want any birthday presents’, you don’t hear that every day. I wouldn’t have come up with that when I was 11. But I think it’s a wonderful thing and it really shows that children nowadays are aware of what’s going on in their communities,” Edinger said.

In fact, the pantry runs solely on donations from people like Stephanie, and is funded by several smaller monetary donations from the community.

“If somebody gives me a $10 check, I can then go to the food bank, I can buy Hamburg, I can get eggs, I can get cheese, and I can get things that maybe people aren’t able to donate. The little donations are what really keep us afloat,” smiled Sally Munson, Pantry Manager.

The 50 punds of food Stephanie collected from her friends added to the pantry’s stock, which lets folks choose what they’d like to take home either on a weekly or monthly basis.

Stephanie’s birthday isn’t until August, but she chose to have her party closer to the end of the school year in order to have as many people as she could come and donate at her party.

If you’d like to donate or volunteer, you can contact our community food pantry at (413) 569-9876, or click here.

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