Last year, the South Shore Community Action Council distributed over 400,000 pounds of food to over 25,000 people in the greater Plymouth area. This week the Council held its Local Heroes Awards night.
Every year the group acknowledges people and organizations contributing to this effort and calls them local heroes.
Pat Daley is Executive Director of the Council:
“Local Heroes award is all about witnessing those marvelous local residents who make this a wonderful community. You’ve got wonderful role models in Barbara Bobblis and Ed Santos and then 9-year-old Brendan Haas.”
Brendan started with one of his own toy soldiers and traded-up using Facebook, until he traded up for an all-expense paid trip to Disney. He gave that trip to the family of Timothy Steele of Duxbury, a soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Asked about his interest in veterans, he said:
“They serve our country and I like that they do that.”
The Plymouth Public Library was designated a local hero because of their food for fines program. Last year the library was able to collect about 2,500 pounds of food —because many patrons chose to donate food instead of paying fines for overdue books.
Linda Fitzgerald is the librarian who heads up public services:
“It’s all those hard working people behind the circulation desk who really implement this program.”
South Shore Community Action Council Local Heroes:
Plymouth Public Library
Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse
Ed Santos, Plymouth Industrial Development Corp.
Barbara Bobblis Plymouth Industrial Development
The Market at the Pinehills
Lela Ray Community Service Award
Jordan Hospital’s Healthy Plymouth