By Beth David, Editor
The annual Acushnet Lions Club Bike Run/Toy Drive at the Rivers End Cafe drew about 50 motorcycles on Sunday, 11/27/22.
Rivers End owner Mark DeSilva said businesses and individuals donated a variety of items and services to make the event a successful one. Adams and Adams donated use of their truck; the Acushnet Lions gave $1,000; Garage Equipment Services, Rep/Weld, NAPA Auto Parts, all donated.
An anonymous donor gave 10 basketballs and five footballs in memory of “B,” who loved sports.
“And the outpouring from the community, as you can see,” said Mr. DeSilva, as people stopped to add items to the truck. “And it’s a great cause.”
All donations went to the Shepherd’s Pantry in Acushnet to be distributed to people who use the pantry. Volunteer Paul Robert said anyone who goes to the pantry for food who has children, will also be able to get toys.
Pastor Phil Viall, of the Long Plain United Methodist Church (LPUMC), where the pantry is located, told the volunteers they were “truly doing the work of God.”
“You are making Christmas more wonderful for people you do not even know,” he said.
At the Rivers End, volunteers were treated to coffee and donuts before the run, and pizza afterwards.
The pantry is located at the LPUMC, 1215 Main Street, Acushnet, and distributes food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Find them on Facebook or call 508-763-9289.
The pantry is always looking for volunteers. They also need plastic grocery bags big enough to hold a full size paper bag, and full size paper bags with handles.
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