MJW EA & Company LLC is not only a business in Madison serving the tax and financial needs of the Shoreline, we are also members of this community and want to do what we can to help those who are in need. To that end, we would like to let our clients know that we will be collecting items at our office for different organizations throughout the year. At this time, we’re making a special holiday request on behalf of “The Pizza People” for homeless teenagers (ages 12-17) in the New Haven area.
Teenagers sadly tend to get left out when it comes to Christmastime donations and drives (toys aren’t really their thing anymore), so if you would like to gift to a teen in need items such as clothing, underwear, blankets and toiletries of every kind, shoes, sweatshirts, gift cards, socks, hats, gloves, footballs, gift cards, etc, please feel free to stop by our office at 206A Boston Post Road, Madison, CT Monday through Friday, 9a-5p with your donations. The deadline for the Christmas donations will by the 17th of December.
This holiday outreach is non-tax deductible; this is strictly for heart-warming purposes on both sides of the exchange!
Please read on to learn about someone who, if you’re looking for a rewarding donation experience, we think you’ll want to meet!
Interviewer: “Tell us about your group.”
Susan: “The name of our group is called “The Pizza People.” It’s not a name that we gave ourselves – it’s the name the homeless named us. We are an ever-expanding group of volunteers who bring pizza, water, coffee, hot chocolate, snacks, fresh fruit and various other goodies as well as much needed donated items. There are many homeless and needy people including veterans that we see every month and it’s not just adults; we see many children of every age as well. There is nothing greater than being able to do this and put a smile on someone’s face; the gratitude for a slice of pizza and a pair of socks is unimaginable!
All of the pizza we bring is donated. Modern Pizza in New Haven has committed to donating 40 pizzas per month and Naples Pizza in Guilford is a huge contributor as well. There is also an open invitation for people to call Naples and order the pizza for “The Pizza People.” It’s always a surprise to see how many pizzas we will have. This past month, we had 75 pizzas and fed 400 people!
We have been doing this for just over two years now, and it all started when I planned to take my children to work in the soup kitchen in the autumn two years ago and one of my sons asked if we could bring pizza to the homeless in the streets of New Haven instead. So we purchased six pizzas and the children collected coats, hats and gloves in the neighborhood. We bought bottled water, baked cookies and picked up coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts along the way. We drove around the streets of New Haven and when we saw someone that we knew was homeless we stopped to help warm them and give them a bite to eat.
We never intended this to grow into something so huge, but it is a wonderful thing! Appreciation and expressions of a deep gratitude and blessings are unending and it makes every bit of work worth it. After that first day, we decided to go the following month on Christmas Eve and we did the same thing. When we left the green that evening, one of my sons said to me, “You know, Mom, this felt so good it just makes me want to do it more.” And so we have.”
Interviewer: “How and where can people help, if they want?”
Susan: “We go the third Tuesday of every month and have a designated parking spot at a church on the green, where we roll up and unpack like a flash! We are in great need of gifts for ages 1 to 17 years old as the holiday season is upon us. They should be unwrapped. We will collect, wrap and mark according to gender and age range.”
Interviewer: “What and where can people donate?”
Susan: “There will be a box at MJW EA & Company LLC, 206A Boston Post Road in Madison, CT and we’re looking for living essentials or anything to brighten someone’s holiday!”
Interviewer’s Note: Susan has received numerous awards for her work, including the Madison Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2014 and the 2014 Beacon Award from Shore Publishing for community service. She has also been the recipient of advocacy awards for her work with hereditary cancer advocacy.
Check out “The Pizza People” and their work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepizzapeoplenewhaven/?ref=ts&fref=ts