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Rossi Runs for Residents in Need

Naugatuck's deputy mayor will raise money for the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank.

 

Tamath Rossi runs more than 20 miles some mornings to train for her first marathon next month. When she returns home, she oftentimes grabs a hot meal or a snack before heading off to work.

But Rossi knows not everyone walks through the front door to find a house full of groceries. In fact, as the borough’s deputy mayor, she is acutely aware that the number of area residents seeking assistance to put meals on the table has grown rapidly over the past five years as the economy has floundered.

“The other day, I ran by the food bank on Spring Street and noticed a lot of families outside,” said Rossi, who will compete in the ING Hartford Marathon on Oct. 13. “Immediately, I wanted to help.”

She decided she could use her running to help those in need. So, on Wednesday she reached out to friends, family and several others in the community to help fulfill her goal of gathering $1,000 in sponsorships for her to run the marathon. All money raised will go toward the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank, which has served 300 more families this year – about 1,900 total – than it did to this point last year.

“Running a marathon is a personal milestone for me, and I’ve been focused on that,” she said. “But when I saw people at the food bank, a light went off, and I realized this is a selfish thing because I’m doing it for myself. But there are people out there who have other things to worry about, like feeding their families. I thought this could be a great opportunity to help a little bit.”

She is asking people to donate as much as they can afford, adding that even $5 from individual donors could add up quick.

Rossi is also reaching out to businesses and corporate donors, telling them that if they donate at least $100 by Oct. 6, she will run with the names of their organizations emblazoned on her running shirt. “Thousands of people will be there, so it should be pretty good advertising,” she said.

Donors can send checks to Rossi at 100 General Patton Drive, Naugatuck, CT, 06770. They can also be sent to the mayor’s office on the fourth floor of Town Hall at 229 Church St.

Donations can also be picked up. To make arrangments, email Rossi at tamathkrossi@yahoo.com or call her at 203.729.4865.

Checks can be made payable to Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank with “Rossi marathon” in the memo line.

george straz September 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Very cool! Good luck Tamath.
Raymond Rossi September 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
You go Girl I am very proud of you!!!! RR
Barbara D'Agnone September 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Wishing you the best of luck.....what a great accomplishment and such a great cause!! We're rooting for you :)
nancy rossi schebell September 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
good luck tam, we r all so proud of u nancy
M. Napers September 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
You rock!!! ALWAYS concerned about others & your 1st thought is "how can I help"? Good Luck from FL.
Rob September 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The Food bank needs all the help it can get. Mr. D's Tavern has a barrel in its front door for food stuff that goes to the food bank this time of year. So if you have any donations, and no where to bring it during your time frame, they are open 12 noon till after midnight, and they will bring it to the food bank for you.
Don Carten September 28, 2012 at 03:26 PM
It amazes me that Tammy can find the time and energy to do this considering all she does for our community in her capacity as Deputy Mayor. Good luck and be careful. I don't want to have to take over as SPAN chairperson. LOL !!
carol dubois September 28, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Tammy u are such a caring person to want to do this .If more people were like u it would be a better world.Good luck and be safe!!
Lynn September 29, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I just wish there could be better screening for Food Bank recipients... When I went there a few years ago in the winter when work was slow, there was a lady ahead of me with a cable bill of $190.00. (She showed it as proof of address). And I have heard one food bank recipient state that she was having a big Thanksgiving dinner for many people and yet another recipient state she got a Turkey from the food bank and gave it to her daughter!!! I know people on disability who also work under the table or without tax restraints and get great food stamp benefits --- disheartening for us hard working pride filled Americans.......

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