The holiday season can be one of joy, but it can also be a struggle for many in the community who don’t have the means to make this time of year one of celebration. This year, as in many years past, the Pawling Resource Center became the place where the generosity of the Pawling community made this a memorable season of giving. More families were able to gather for holiday meals, more children found gifts to open on Christmas morning. More neighbors in need experienced the joy of being a part of a caring community.
The Pawling Resource Center was a beehive of activity this fall, beginning with preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday through to the end of the year. Eighty families were adopted this year by community members who provided gifts of clothing and toys for children. Some adopters provided gift cards to Hannaford’s so that a holiday meal could be purchased or enhanced. Additionally, eight families who did not register for adoption this year, were still able to be accommodated with wrapped gifts for their children, provided through a special group of gifts that are gathered and wrapped by PRC staff for just such an occasion. In all, 198 children were provided for through the gift of giving, 80 adopted families, 8 walk in families received gifts
in addition to the gifts the adopters Furthermore, forty-five senior gifts and holiday baskets were provided to those in need. Finally, the PRC provided food to 142 families in the month of December.
Pawling Resource Center Executive Director, Terry Ariano, was overwhelmed by the unstinting generosity of all who opened their hearts this holiday season. “