Mary D. Fund buoyed by $200K donation

Will go to Fire and Rescue, Medical Center
Thu, 11/26/2020 - 5:30pm

Mom and I have seen the stress that Covid-19 has brought to our community and so we were determined that The Mary D. Fund would do even more during this challenging time.

To do so, we reached out for a grant. I quietly worked away with the great help of Donna Corey who was there for us every step of the way. We make a great team.

Busy days followed. I would give Mom daily updates that — fingers crossed — we were almost there.

Finally we received our exciting news from the donor:

“Congratulations, Mary and Marguerite. We are awarding you a special grant for the Mary D. Fund to help your Block Island community in the amount of $200,000! Now the rest is up to you!”

Our amazing grantor told us their generosity was inspired by Mom, the work of The Mary D. Fund, and our love for our community.

Giving Mom the news was a thrilling and very touching moment in all our years working together on The Mary D. Fund. It took a moment or two for the amount of $200,000.00 to sink in!

Mom’s happy tears meant everything. We hugged and gave thanks to our grantor and, of course, to God for all the good this would do. With Mom happy, cozy and comfy, I got right back to work.

To have our grant do the most good we are investing the $200,000 in our Fire and Rescue Departments and the Medical Center.

We are working closely with Fire Chief Kirk Littlefield, Rescue Captain Tracy Fredricks and EMT Allie Littlefield to provide needed equipment, and additional training for EMTs and firefighters.

We are working with Dr. Tom Warcup and our Medical Center to provide the training and equipping of the new Paramedic Program. With Allison Warfel, we are expanding our physical therapy program for our senior community.

We are also supplying needed PPE and more.

The grant for the Mary D. Fund is a dream come true. Now our work continues to make our dream become a reality for our beloved Block Island community. Love to all.