Released 26 May 2014
Bristol Police, Fire, and Armed Services
Hold Food Drive Challenge
and the winner is...
BRISTOL - People in need were the real winners in the 1st
Annual Food Drive Challenge with the ShopRite of Bristol. Members of the
Police, Fire, and the Armed Services gathered for a "food drive challenge" with
ShopRite on May 23. Together, the groups collected over 700 lbs. of
nonperishable food items for local food pantries. The Firemen from Station 5
collected 360 lbs. of necessary items, the Police Department with Officer Jim
Pelletier collected an additional 190 lbs., and the Armed Services group, with
the help of the Bristol Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), collected 140
Truly a win/win for all! Bristol ShopRite owner Paul Tornaquindici donated
the prize money to the winner’s favorite charities, $250 to the Fire
Department, who gave it to The Salvation Army, $200 to the Police Department
that donated it to St. Vincent De Paul Mission, and the Veteran’s of the
Korean War received the $219.00 from the sale of the beautiful red roses. A big
thank you to loyal customers who helped to make this event successful!
Mary Lou Grendziszewski, Community Liaison for the Torna ShopRite on
Farmington Avenue, said, "We are very passionate about helping to fight hunger
in our communities of Bristol and Waterbury."
Salvation Army Captain Charles Adams commented, "This was a great event.
Everyone had a good time, working for an important cause – helping
Bristol people in need. We are truly blessed to have such a caring community
and a company like ShopRite, with its owner Paul Tornaquindici, supporting