SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The neighborhood organization “Springfield Together” continued its work Saturday with a sendoff into summer for school children in the Forest Park area.
Mayor Domenic Sarno was there to help greet the families that came to the Springfield Lodge of Elks on Tiffany Street, where Springfield Together members distributed summer fun bags filled with items for summer activities.
It’s appropriate that Springfield Together founder Gary Delisle is also a member of the Elks Lodge.
“This is a great event, it’s outdoors, the weather’s beautiful,” said Delisle. He told 22News, “After a challenging year for teachers and students, this is a nice way for them to connect at the end of the year and wish them a nice, safe, and healthy summer.”
Springfield Together recently rose to the occasion during the height of the pandemic by helping distribute donated food to neighborhood families in need. Food donated by a generous store keeper on White Street.
Organizers told 22News the neighbor-helping-neighbor way of thinking will go even further in the coming year.
“So moving forward, I think based on what the guidelines allow, we’re gonna keep adapting to the situation,” said volunteer Kali Thomas. “If we’re able to have more events, local to the schools in the future, that would be great. But we’re gonna continue to improve our partnership with everybody and continue to give back to the community.”
And so as the school year comes to a close, Springfield Together continues to make itself felt as a positive force in its neighborhood.
During the year, volunteers have been responsible for a variety of events, holiday parties, a Halloween event, and Easter egg hunt and this weekend, a summer kickoff drive-thru.