Why we do it

Last weekend we had a great team helping us out.  Here is what they did and how the client felt about it all.  Gives you chills!

We are very fortunate to have the youthful volunteers these days. A young group of high school and college freshmen took over this Saturday’s delivery and made it one of the smoothest in recent memory. The crew of returning volunteer friends, Alex Fishman, Matt Bonarrigo, Jordan Pitrozella and newcomer Nate Tocionis were joined by soon to be Intern Sean Keating  to help Michael Fishman as driver for the delivery to Diana in Hartford. In no time flat they had loaded 3 bed sets (mattress/boxspring/frame), along with the appropriate bedding, a couch, a recliner, a coffee table, end table, kitchen table with 4 chairs, dishes, pots & pans, glasses, baking dishes, silverware, 2 lamps, 3 sets of towels, a coffee maker, toaster oven, mixer, vacuum, TV, waste basket and a rug. Even though the apartment was on the 2nd floor, five youths with muscles made quick time of getting everything up the stairs. Diana wanted to help, but the boys insisted on doing it themselves. So she watched closely as they transformed an almost empty apartment into a fairly full 3 bedroom home. It was noted that the only thing that driver Michael Fishman lifted was the pen to give to the client to sign the delivery form. Duly noted! Thanks once again to the kids who gave time on Saturday to help give a family A Hand Up!

And here is the report from the client’s case manager that was sent the following Monday:

Dear A Hand Up,

I saw my customer, ________, this morning and she was beaming! She reported that you delivered a truck load of beautiful furniture to her apartment, along with some linens and other household items. She was overcome with gratitude and very impressed with the quality of the items and the generosity of your organization. I can honestly say I’ve never seen her so happy, and the hug she gave me proved how truly thankful she is.  I thank you for your dedication, generosity, flexibility, and professionalism. You and your agency are remarkable. You change lives.