On Monday, May 25th, The Fairfield Rotary Club had their truck out again, preceding the start of the Memorial Day Parade. Rotatians collected non-perishable items, which were immediately donated to the “Homes For The Brave” in Bridgeport.
There was a great turnout of club members, working on their day off, to help support our food drive. They were joined by a dozen veterans from Homes For The Brave, who came to ride in our float and be the focus of the day’s festivities.
To date, our yearly parade walks have collected thousands of pounds of food – and over $15,000 in cash donated by generous parade goers along the route. Club members walked along the parade route collecting items such as: canned goods, coffee, pasta, cereal, and again, thanks to the generosity of the citizens of Fairfield, lots of cash!
The Fairfield Rotary club supports and works hard to keep our Veterans top of mind. Our goal for Memorial Day, besides creating food and money, was to help make this a memorable day for the vets. From all the smiles we saw, it seems like we succeeded.
To maximize donations and to accommodate for late-comers to the parade, Rotary members brought the float around again for a second pass, meaning everyone had to walk the parade route all over again. It was true ‘Service Above Self,’ in action.
But a great time was had by all. Our truck was filled with a record amount of food. In a few hours, over $4,500 in cash was raised from the sidewalks for Fairfield.
Thank you to all who participated – and to the whole town for truly stepping up for our Veterans.