Town of Brewster departments have been hard at work throughout the holiday season to help residents in need.
During their Oyster Sunday Annual Food Drive in November, the Natural Resources Department received approximately 92 bags and boxes of food. These supplies were driven by staff to the food pantry at the Brewster Baptist Church, where stock was running low.
In December, the Brewster Recreation Department once again participated in the Holiday for Hope program. Between revenue from the Breakfast with Santa event, and donations from staff, the Town was able to provide children in 15 families with roughly $200 worth of gifts each. Those included toys, and necessary clothing such as pants, shirts, and jackets.
Over at the Brewster Ladies Library, staff continued with their special holiday tradition of the Holiday Giving Tree. The library partnered with the local Department of Children and Families to collect gifts for the Family to Family program. Brewster residents visited the library to collect paper ornaments labeled with the gift wishes of several Cape Cod children in need, and then returned wrapped gifts under the tree. This important program helps to make the holiday season brighter for so many families.
Meanwhile, the Brewster Police Department participated in the annual Stuff A Cruiser event at the Lemon Tree Plaza, which was sponsored by the Village Toy Store. Holiday revelers delivered toys that filled a police cruiser multiple times over. All of the toys collected during this event were donated to Lower Cape Outreach Council.
The Police and Fire Departments also collected toys in their station lobbies during the month of November and delivered the items to the Toys for Tots “Santa Shop” in Hyannis. All toys collected were distributed to local Cape Cod families in need.
Lastly, the Brewster Fire Department worked with many local businesses, organizations, and individuals during the Homeless for the Holidays event. The generosity and support received from the community along with the dedicated work of Fire Department personnel resulted in providing much needed assistance to those in need. Through generous donations, over 643 lbs. of non-perishable food was donated to the Harwich Food Pantry, and $3,500 in monetary donations was donated to the Lower Cape Outreach Council.
“The overwhelming display of kindness that we see at this time of year in Brewster speaks volumes about the selflessness of our staff and the generosity of our residents,” said Town Administrator, Peter Lombardi. “On behalf of all of our staff and volunteers, we thank residents for their kindness and we wish everyone a joyful and safe holiday season.”