Pathfinders donate $4,000 to Thomaston Food Pantry

THOMASTON, CT — In the season of giving and at a time when demand at Thomaston Food Pantry is up, the Oxford-based Pathfinders Motorcycle Club of Connecticut donated $4,000 to aid those struggling with food insecurity.

For the second year, the Pathfinders, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, donated money raised during their annual event, Dam Good Weekend, sponsored by the club and held at the Army Corps of Engineers location at Thomaston Dam. Last year, the group donated $5,582 to the pantry.

“We’ve had an increase in demand in the last couple of months,” said Christina Molliconi, director of Thomaston Food Pantry. “I’m always astounded by the generosity that’s extended to this town, by this town.”

James Blais is president of the Pathfinders, a nonprofit founded in 1971 that provides the public with safe, motorized recreational opportunities. He said they ask participants for a donation at the free Dam Good Weekend event.

“Everyone is always extremely generous,” Blais said, adding he can’t think of a better way to provide comfort for those experiencing food insecurity than making the donation.

Molliconi said the pantry tries to direct food donations to Thomaston residents only, but if someone outside of town shows up in need, they will help them, then encourage them to use resources in the town where they reside.

“A lot of towns have more resources,” she said.

Pathfinders member Tony Gasper said, “Every time we have one of these events, we make some type of donation,” adding in the past they’ve donated to the local ambulance corps, Boys and Girls Club, and the state Department of Children and Families.

The club also has donated to the family of a 3-year-old boy in Newtown now undergoing cancer treatment.

In addition, the club Pathfinders will be donating to Thomaston Volunteer Fire Department and the local ambulance crew for lending their assistance at the Dam Good Weekend event.