Wellesley’s Donna Fessler has been selected as the New England Patriots’ Difference Maker of the Week, and no, she’s not a desperately needed wide receiver.
Women’s Lunch Place is a day shelter that provides food and other services for women experiencing homelessness or poverty.
Back in March when the pandemic spread across the country, she began volunteering for the nonprofit’s Back-door Meal program, which brings prepared food to shelters that were unable to keep up with the demand. She helped with their mobile food pantry program by delivering meals and pantry items to individuals who were sheltering in place in temporary housing.
Donna also led the effort to bring the Mask Makers Group to Women’s Lunch Place. She and other mask makers donated time and materials to sew and donate masks to women living on the street.
Last month, Wellesley firefighter Joanie Cullinan was named Difference Maker of the Week for her commitment to 15-40 Connection., an organization focused on teaching people how to detect cancer early.