By Katrina Powell/ Wicked Local Beverly
Beverly, Mass. —
When the holidays hit, gathering around the dinner table and piling plates high with heaps of food is something that just about everyone looks forward to. But when folks aren’t able to put food on the table for their families, the holidays can be especially hard. Beverly-based business MassPay lent a helping hand this holiday season, delivering bags full of groceries to 29 families in need in the Beverly, Salem and Peabody area, just in time for Christmas Day.
On the morning of Friday, Dec. 23, MassPay President and Beverly Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President Jason Maxwell, and several members of the MassPay team, loaded up shopping carts at Market Basket with spiral hams, potatoes, vegetables, bread and apple pies. St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Salem provided MassPay with a list of families in need, allowing Maxwell and MassPay employees Josh Soroko, Kevin Mason, Joe Paradiso and Cathy Julien to deliver one bag of food to each family.
“We’ve been inspired by the work that the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry does and we wanted to make a contribution,” Maxwell said. “I think it’s right for us to give back. These are the communities that support our business and support the livelihood of our families. It’s a good feeling when you deliver the dinner to a family because you can tell that they really need it.”
Maxwell explained that this is the second year that the MassPay team has delivered food to families, with 25 families being served last year. Maxwell and his employees decided last year that instead of giving holiday gifts to clients, the business would rather lend a helping hand to the community.
“In lieu of gifts, we decided to send a note letting them know that a dinner was delivered to a family in need in their name,” Maxwell said.
“A lot of the families are single moms with multiple children, and they come to the door and they are just so grateful for the delivery.”
Maxwell explained that the business has plans to continue to feed families in the years to come.
“I hope that we can feed a few more people every year,” Maxwell said.