MANCHESTER, NH — When the call went out to local police departments in Manchester and Nashua that there was a simultaneous situation brewing in the state’s two largest cities, there was no shortage of manpower ready to deploy.
Officers Patrick Mullen and Justin Maguire were among more than 15 officers who raised their hands and popped their cruiser trunks, to make room for bags of food and Christmas gifts. Together, the joint task force of officers volunteered to spend a chunk of their Thursday delivering bags of sustenance to local elderly, disabled and housebound residents who receive the gift of supplemental human kindness through The CareGivers Inc. Caring Cupboard, the organization’s newest program that focuses on easing the hunger and nutrition issues many elderly face.
On Thursday, “the situation” was that the organization had a need, and reached out to Manchester and Nashua Police departments for an assist, said Manchester Lt. Brian O’Keefe.
“They knew they didn’t have anybody for deliveries tonight in Manchester and Nashua, and so they reached out to our chief and Nashua’s chief, and we coordinated our efforts,” said O’Keefe.
At about 3:30 p.m. police cruisers from Manchester and Nashua arrived at the industrial park, and officers joined inside the office to watch a short informational film that included some basic training, including what to expect on a typical food delivery, and what to do if clients don’t answer the door.
Then they hit the warehouse to retrieve their designated bags, working around the civilian volunteers, who were also there to load up their cars and trucks with non-perishables.
All CareGivers Inc. services are free for anyone who qualifies due to age, infirmity, or lack of mobility. There is a client application available on the CareGivers website.
Volunteers are always needed, and can be anyone who has a little time to spare, and who understands the importance of caring for those in need. This time of year especially, it’s helpful to have someone to make regular visits or phone calls to the elderly, or those who have trouble getting around. CareGivers also provide scheduled rides for doctor appointments and shopping trips. Click here for the online volunteer application.
The CareGivers, Inc., 19 Harvey Road, Bedford, NH 603-622-4948
or at the Nashua satellite office, 491 Amherst St., Nashua, NH, 603-595-4502, or email Will Duyrea, Caring Cupboard Program Coordinator