Town Receives Anonymous Donation

The Reading Post received the following letter from Town Manager Fidel Maltez

Good afternoon, 

I wanted to share a great story for our community. A few weeks ago, our fire department received an anonymous donation at our Central Fire Station. It was an envelope with a scratch ticket and a note saying, “for someone in need.” Our Fire Chief contacted our Town Treasurer, who verified that the scratch ticket was worth $1,000. Unfortunately, to redeem the ticket, an individual needs to provide a social security number for tax reasons.

Our Town Treasurer contacted State Lottery and, after many calls, was able to get a check made payable to the Town of Reading. The Town Treasurer had to make a physical trip to Lawrence to receive the check. Our Town Treasurer and Chief of Fire suggested donating the funds to the Reading Food Pantry, housed in the Old South United Methodist Church.

This morning our Town Manager and Town Treasurer delivered the check to the volunteers at the food pantry. The Reading Food Pantry will use the funds to purchase more goods from the Greater Boston Food Bank. The Reading Food Pantry is incredibly thankful to our staff and the anonymous resident for this incredible donation.

I am personally thankful to our Town Treasurer, Endri Kume, and our Fire Chief, Greg Burns, for their determination in making sure these funds went to help our community. 

Fidel A. Maltez
Town Manager

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