A MESSAGE FROM MIKE D’AGOSTINO, DTC CHAIR
Our world drastically changed several months ago. The challenges we now face will have a lasting influence on our lives and our community. Please continue to remain safe and healthy, and do all you can to look out for each other.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating. Nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus and thousands more have died across the world. We in Redding feel this loss, too. Many have suffered the loss of a friend or loved one. Other families face different losses, trying to persevere through challenging times with fewer resources or reduced incomes. The collateral effects of this pandemic have tested our patience, our compassion, and our willpower.
But, that which fails to divide us, helps brings us closer together as a community.
My grandparents raised their family in Stamford, CT, amidst the large Italian community on the west side. Whenever I would go to visit my grandmother, people would bring over vegetables from their gardens, come over for a cup of coffee, or just stop by to share the latest news of the neighborhood. I remember asking my dad why my grandparents knew everyone, and had such great neighbors. My father said, “During the tough times of the Great Depression, everyone helped each other and people never forget that.”
The past few months have proved my father was right. We have seen an outpouring of generosity and kindness that we will never forget. Our essential workforce and emergency/medical professionals continue to be our frontline heroes, risking potential exposure to help the community stay safe and healthy. Residents have sent countless emails, looking to donate funding to the CT Food Bank
or Redding Food Pantry
We will get through this difficult time together. It may be hard to believe now, but one day our children will go back to school, our community will gather on the Town Green to light the Holiday Tree, and we will hug each other to celebrate our successes.
Most importantly, we will remember the respect and kindness we gave to one another during this time.
If we remain strong and resilient, we will overcome these challenges, and our actions will have a lasting effect that helps bring our community together.
Mike D’Agostino, Redding DTC Chair, May 26th 2020
Mike can be reached at email@example.com
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