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Westboro salutes the Olympics; Torch recipients asked to give to food pantry.

WESTBORO - As the Olympic torch lights up the night in London, Westboro's own salute to the Olympics can be seen on neighborhood lawns, at the library, fire station and, most important, on the shelves of the Westborough Food Pantry.

On June 27, members of In Your Shoes, a giving circle began distributing laminated cardboard torches around town. They asked that torch recipients donate to the Westborough Food Pantry and then pass the torch to a friend or neighbor. When Nancy Wright, a member of IYS, conceived of the idea, she was looking for "a simple, easy way to keep food donations going to the Westborough Food Pantry during the summer months."

Right from the start, the program was a huge success on several levels. Torches are traveling around town, from one home to another, and friends are having fun and keeping in touch as they "pass the torch." Marcy Lippold and her family arrived home from vacation to find a torch in their front yard. Initially curious, she realized that the torch came with instructions. She made a donation to the food pantry from her family and then wanted to surprise a neighbor with the torch. She reported that "Illana (her daughter) and I giggled like crazy this afternoon positioning the torch and hiding around their front yard."

Residents have been very generous with their donations. The collection bins located at the library and fire station have been filled to overflowing each week. Harry and Ginny Lindsay of the Westborough Food Pantry are extremely grateful.

"The food could not have come at a better time. The number of Westboro families needing help is growing, and more children are involved. This food is a tremendous help."

In Your Shoes wishes to thank the community for its generosity and to remind residents that the torch program will continue until the final day of the Olympics, Aug. 12. After that, all torches should be returned to the Westborough Public Library, where they will be put on display.



CUTLINE: (1) Members of In Your Shoes are distributing cardboard torches around town. (2) Passing the Olympic torch in Westboro will benefit the Westborough Food Pantry.
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Date:Aug 3, 2012
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