Meet the BH Team - Debbie Franco
by Angela Malizia
It's time for our "Meet the BH Team" Wednesday post. Today we feature Debbie Franco. Debbie is on the BH Management Team and has been an effective leader on many BH projects including the Soup Kitchen team & Hope in Motion team! Debbie's devotion, quiet strength and gentle way with helping others brings comfort to all who are near.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN PROJECT?
Coat Drive 2010
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING A BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN?
I love being a Backyard Humanitarian because it provides an outlet to be able to help people. There will always be a need that needs to be met; and there will always be a giving heart somewhere waiting for the opportunity to meet that need.
CAN YOU SHARE A SPECIAL BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN MOMENT OR EXPERIENCE?
A special BH moment to me was when I first got involved with the serving food at the soup kitchen in 2011. I never realized how much I took for granted being able to have food every day at my disposal. There was a gentleman in line and he was grateful to be able to have a piece of fresh fruit. He took an apple from his tray and put it in his coat pocket to save. It moved me that he was making provision for later in the day.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOBBY?
WHAT IS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO YOU ABOUT STAMFORD?
My father was a police officer for over 22 years in Stamford. I have very fond memories of growing up here and listening to his stories of the different subdivisions in the city and watching it all evolve into what it is today.
IN A WORD WHAT DOES BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN MEAN TO YOU?
Although I must elaborate; unconditional because we give without expectation; we love wholeheartedly and we see the need and we meet it. We are a group of individuals with a built-in motive to help and want to give. We do this not for personal gain; however what we receive emotionally in return is far greater than we could imagine.
Meet the BH Team - Tommy Yaggi
by Angela Malizia
It's "MEET THE BH TEAM Wednesday!"
Meet one of Stamford's Kindest, Backyard Humanitarian, Tommy Yaggi who supports many projects including fighting hunger with us at the Soup Kitchen. His generosity and passion for helping others is strong he brings a cheerfulness to all the BH projects he helps with.
1. WHAT WAS YOUR 1ST BH PROJECT?
Jesse Lewis Playground Build at West Beach. (Tommy donated, cooked & served delicious food off the grill to hundreds).
2. WHY and/or WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING A BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN?
I like to be around caring, thoughtful people who can all take the time out of our busy lives to help those in need and to see the looks of gratitude on people's faces when you are serving them a hot meal.
3. CAN YOU SHARE A SPECIAL BH MOMENT OR EXPERIENCE?
After the Playground build and at the dedication of the Jesse Lewis Playground. To meet Jesse's Mom and Dad and to see the outpouring of support from the community and the Whole BH team, shows me there is hope in this world and our community and how every little bit counts!
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOBBY?
5. WHAT IS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO YOU ABOUT STAMFORD, CT?
It's where I grew up. I like that you have the tranquility of The Falls (Off Riverbank Rd), to the amazing water views of our Beaches.
6. IN A WORD, WHAT DOES BACKYARD HUMANITARIAN MEAN TO YOU?