Derby-Shelton Rotarians are used to doing a lot of “heavy lifting” for the benefit of the community, but the Sand for Seniors project gives it a whole new meaning to heavy lifting. The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club is delivering 125 five-gallon buckets of a sand and salt mixture to seniors over 67 years old and to disabled individuals residing in Derby and Shelton between December 2 and 5, 2021.
Last year, 137 households were assisted with this project. Kim Ryan has managed this project for eight years. The program itself has helped families since 2008. Kim has heard many heart-warming stories of gratitude through the years. Some people were afraid of getting the mail in the icy conditions before they had their Rotary sand and salt. Others who had recently been on their own expressed what a big help it was to have the sand and salt delivered by community-minded Rotarians. Kim said, “Everyone appreciated this kindness.”
We’d like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work this year. They include: Drew Scott, Doug LoMonte, Julie Blakeman, Sal Rio, Joe & Joann Shapiro, Steve Balog, Rosemary Allen, Jeff Forte, Chris Carey, Keenan Carey, Linda Homes-Hannon, Lucy Andrade, Michael Wynne, Jack Walsh and Kim Ryan Caro.