Wednesday, January 21, 2009

National Day of Service Can Drive Results

Dear Friends,

Happy January 21st - what a week we're having! Yesterday's events brought me to tears of joy many times, and reminded me what we can achieve when we all work together. Congratulations to all of us, and to our new President!

And then today, we took two carloads of canned and boxed food items to The Food Bank. They helped us unload the boxes and bags of food, and put everything in this huge crate to brought into the warehouse. All in all, our collected donations came to 539 pounds! Talk about an achievement!

Thank you to everyone who participated in President Obama's National Day of Service - my heart is full. Below is the press release the Odyssey is sending out to the local media.

I hope to see many of you at tonight's South Hadley Democratic Town Committee meeting at the South Hadley Library at 7:00 PM - we have several seats available for new members!

Best wishes,

The Odyssey Bookshop

9 College Street, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075

January 21, 2009 . Press Release . For immediate Release

South Hadley Residents Donate to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

The Odyssey Bookshop has acknowledged the generosity of the people of South Hadley, who answered President Obama's National Day of Service by donating food items to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Donations were made at a collection box, which was set up at the Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley's locally-owned, independent bookstore, for the week spanning January 12-19. Donations amounted to 539 pounds of canned and boxed foods.

"In these tough economic times, it's heartwarming to see neighbors coming together to help each other. The contributions were greatly appreciated," says Sarah Etelman, part-time Odyssey Bookshop employee and host of the event.

For more information on the food drive, please contact Sarah Etelman at or Emily Russo Murtagh at