A HUGE thank you!

From left, Gil Simmons NEWS8 WTNH; Max Sabrin, Old Saybrook Fire Dept; Lee Elci, 949 News Now.

To the editor:

Thank you to all the incredible residents of Old Saybrook and the Connecticut shoreline - and beyond! You made this year's Shoreline Fire Department Food Drive on Saturday, April 27 another great success for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSK&P).

The Old Saybrook Fire Department alone collected close to 1,400 pounds of much needed non-perishable food during the food drive - out of the 6,000-pound goal at the seven participating shoreline fire stations - and the OSFD also received cash donations of more than $700 to directly benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.

Thank you to volunteers Nadine "Deanie" Sabrin; OSFD Support Members Bob Peterson and Steve Goodstine; OSFD Chaplain Geoff Sinibaldo and his daughter Mia; OSFD Members Ned Loiselle, Tony Cronin, Pat Hanley, Jack Dunn, and John Guarnaccia; OSFD Chief Joe Johnson, 1st Asst. Chief James Dion, Lt. Greg Pereira, and superstar volunteer Ray Gaudet from the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.

A big thank you also goes to ShoreLine Times; our radio sponsor for the live remote broadcast at the OSFD featuring Lee Elci of 94.9 News Now; The Pete Mezzitti Show; and our very special volunteer Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons of media partner NEWS8 WTNH.

And finally, thank you for the generous donations from the following organizations: Stop & Shop in Old Saybrook; Mirsina's in Old Saybrook for the most delicious breakfast and lunch and amazing homemade rice pudding for the grateful volunteers at the OSFD; and the Essex Savings Bank on Main Street in Old Saybrook for providing a food drop-off location.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all! Your extreme generosity once again made this year's Shoreline Fire Department Food Drive another big success for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries and the many individuals that they help each day!

Max Sabrin, fire police officer

media relations / special events coordinator

Old Saybrook Fire Department

Connecticut Media Group