PLYMOUTH – In the wake of the recent tragic death of local teen Maddie Bell, the town of Plymouth has organized a collection drive for the Plymouth Community Food Pantry and local shelters in her honor and memory.
The “stuff the bus” drive began Friday and will continue through Nov. 24. People can bring non-perishable food items and clothing to Terryville High School, located at 33 N. Harwinton Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. People can also leave donated items by the doors of the bus at any time.
“We're doing this because we feel a need to put something back into a community that has had so much taken from it,” said Robert Nave, social studies department coordinator at Terryville High School. “The community needs a way to express themselves. And, during this time of year when the need is so great, we figured that this was a great time to have an activity to honor the memory of Maddie in the most beautiful way possible.”
Nave said that he encourages everyone to take the time to come out and donate if they can.
“The donations that we have received so far have been wonderful,” he said on Friday. “It is inspiring to see how generous the community can be. I encourage everyone to take a moment to remember Maddie and make a donation in her honor.”
While Nave accepted donations for the Plymouth Community Food Pantry at Terryville High School, Mayor David Merchant was also assisting volunteers at the food pantry. There, they worked to hand out Thanksgiving meal boxes to residents in need.
Bell, who was 15 and a sophomore at Terryville High School, died Friday, Nov. 13 after she and her seven-year-old brother Nathan were shot in their home.
Madeline Bells’ obituary describes her as “different and wonderful” and says that she had “a strong will and personality from the day she was born.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.