Sof­fer­mans’ Thanks­giv­ing food drive is un­der­way

An­nual event helps pro­vide for needy in area

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jean Falbo-Sos­novich

SHEL­TON — Val­ley fam­i­lies in need will en­joy a plen­ti­ful Thanks­giv­ing feast this year, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of folks who made their yearly pil­grim­age Thurs­day to a pop­u­lar food drive.

For the 31st year, lo­cal den­tist, Dr. Bruce Sof­fer­man, his wife, Deb­o­rah, and daugh­ter, Sophia, donned tra­di­tional Pil­grim and Na­tive Amer­i­can cos­tumes, and along with turkey mas­cot Bren­dan Carey, stood out­side Smile Den­tal on Bridge­port Av­enue, wav­ing on pass­ing mo­torists to stop and make a do­na­tion.

The fes­tive scene drew dozens of passers-by to the col­lec­tion, and by the end of the morn­ing, a wheel­bar­row sat chock-full of frozen tur­keys, boxes of stuff­ing, cans of cran­berry sauce and other Thanks­giv­ing meal fix­ings.

The an­nual food drive is held to ben­e­fit the Spooner House and its Val­ley Food Bank. Ac­cord­ing to Spooner House Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Su­san Comp­ton Agamy, this year’s goal is to pre­pare 650 hol­i­day meal bas­kets. Last year’s drive by the Sof­fer­mans en­abled Spooner House to serve 4,400 hol­i­day meals.

Shel­ton res­i­dent Stephanie Sim­mons couldn’t re­sist stop­ping by. Armed with a large frozen turkey, Sim­mons said see­ing the Sof­fer­mans in their Pil­grim fin­ery was “won­der­ful,” and in­spired her to pitch in to help.

Bob and Sharon Lac­cone of Derby also dropped by, do­nat­ing a gen­er­ous $100 check to the cause.

“To be able to give and help out oth­ers is my pur­pose in life,” said Bob Lac­cone, who en­joyed see­ing his den­tist in a new light. “I heard about him dress­ing up and had to see the real deal for my­self.”

Sharon Lac­cone said she loved see­ing the com­mu­nity come out and sup­port a great cause.

“I think it’s beau­ti­ful and I think this is what mankind should be do­ing for each other,” she said.

Both the Sof­fer­mans and Comp­ton Agamy said even if peo­ple weren’t able to make Thurs­day’s drive, they drove by and saw what was hap­pen­ing and per­haps will be in­spired to do­nate else­where.

“We’re so grate­ful to the Sof­fer­mans and look for­ward to this drive ev­ery year, and not only is the event about col­lect­ing food, it’s also about rais­ing aware­ness and gen­er­at­ing com­mu­nity sup­port,” said Comp­ton Agamy. “Whether peo­ple give today or an­other day, there is a need in ev­ery com­mu­nity and we’re only ef­fec­tive when we work to­gether.”

Deb­o­rah Sof­fer­man said she’s grate­ful to all who helped, and even those who passed by but didn’t stop “they may be in­spired and do­nate next time.”

There are still op­por­tu­ni­ties to do­nate food or mon­e­tary gifts to the Spooner House hol­i­day drive, in­clud­ing a stu­dent-run drive through Nov. 22 at Shel­ton In­ter­me­di­ate School, 675 Con­sti­tu­tion Blvd. North; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at both Sey­mour Mid­dle School, 211 Moun­tain Road, Sey­mour and Chat­field­LoPresti School, 51 Skoko­rat St., Sey­mour, or by con­tact­ing Spooner House at http:// www.act­spooner.org.

Jean Falbo-Sos­novich / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Sophia and Deb­o­rah Sof­fer­man help with do­na­tions for the food drive.

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