2016-03-03 / Front Page

Former Babylon resident helps provide for the less fortunate

Volunteers stop their work for a group photo as they work to unload the truck Feb. 26.Volunteers stop their work for a group photo as they work to unload the truck Feb. 26.Thanks to the kindness of a former Babylon Village resident, more than 1,000 individuals and families from throughout Babylon Town received food and personal items through Feed the Children Inc.

The organization was contacted by the donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, and through his generosity, was able to deliver 22,000 pounds of food and other items in a 70-foot trailer to the First Presbyterian Church, Babylon Fri. Feb. 26. The church and its volunteers helped unload the cartons of items and prepare them for distribution the next day. The truck traveled from the organization’s base in Oklahoma City, and the Village of Babylon, which provided some manpower and equipment to assist in the effort, was also on hand to assist the volunteers.

“He wanted to do something for the community in which he grew up,” said Mike DeFabrizio of North Babylon, who has been the director of the First Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen for 13 years.

The First Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen has been serving meals for 25 years at an average of 4,100 a year. It serves between 90 and 110 people every Thursday with an all-volunteer staff.

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