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The Blackstone Valley Tribune

Sutton- Sheriff Evangelidis doesn’t celebrate his birthday and hasn’t since he was 9 years old. However, he agreed to a party this year because it was turned into a way to give back to Worcester County. His 50th birthday party was recently held, in Sutton, and those that attended were asked to bring food or monetary donations for the town’s food pantry. The response was overwhelming. The pantry is dedicated to providing food and household essentials to Blackstone Valley families in need.

“Nobody looks forward to their 50th birthday but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than doing something positive for the community. Food Pantries have been hit especially hard during these tough economic times” said Evangelidis.

During a recent visit to the Sutton Senior Center and Food Pantry, the Sheriff was honored to present nearly $1000 in cash and checks as well as dozens of boxes of grocery items to the Center’s Director Michelle Edelstein.

“I was overwhelmed to have the Sheriff bring so much money, great food and cleaning supplies to our pantry. It was a terrific idea and special gesture to give away his birthday presents” Edelstein said. “We greatly appreciate all of his generosity and support.”

The Sutton Food Pantry, located inside the Sutton Senior Center, serves individuals and families that are finding it tough to make ends meet during tough economic times. Currently, the pantry serves fourteen to twenty families per week. This summer has been particularly rough and many families are in need. The Senior Center has just begun construction on an attachment that will house the pantry. This will provide patrons with their own entrance, rather than going through the Senior Center.