Good Deeds

By: Tim Wood

Emergency volunteers load supplies. COURTESY PHOTO

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond in this extraordinary time? Let us know! For the next few weeks we'll be highlighting those who do good deeds in our local communities by selflessly helping their neighbors. Drop us an email at if you know of any good deeds you'd like to see exposed.

Vets, Military Families Get Relief

Volunteers with the Brewster, Orleans, Chatham and Harwich Community Emergency Response Team delivered boxes of food and supplies to veterans, military personnel and military families on the Lower Cape Saturday.

The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation collected and prepared the supplies and asked the emergency team volunteers to help with distribution of 100 boxes, which included non-perishable items such as rice, canned fruit, vegetables and pasta. The boxes also included recipes and should help sustain a family of four for 10 to 14 days.

The volunteer team was activated March 17 by Chatham's emergency operations center to help with the COVID-19 crisis.

“Organized groups like the BOCH Community Emergency Response Team reduce the work-load for already thinly stretched first responders and provides them an opportunity to prioritize the myriad of missions at hand,” Chatham Fire Chief Peter Connick said in a statement. “The BOCH CERT has gone above and beyond in the call of duty and the four towns are thrilled to know we have assistance for these other missions that need to be performed while ensuring first responders are able to meet the higher priority calls.”

Free Firewood

Escape Landscape and The Harwich Patriot Firewood Company are donating firewood to low income, homebound, sick and elderly people who are struggling to pay for heat.  No questions asked, no money exchanged, no thanks needed.  If you or someone you know is struggling to pay for heat and has the ability to burn wood, let them know. This offer is good for the towns of Chatham and Harwich only and offer includes free delivery, but no stacking is available at this time. Thanks to ABC Tree Service, TW Nickerson, Inc. and Roma Tree Service for log donations.

Mask Making

Jeana Ellis and Lexi Soderberg are both making masks for the Cape Cod Hospital, working with nurse Katie Jones. They are trying out a new type of mask that uses vacuum bags as filters inside of cloth masks. They are removable so the cloth mask can be washed.

Pantry Needs Financial Donations

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod is asking that donations of clothing, housewares and food for pantry and Second Glance Thrift Shop be held off at this time in order to keep volunteers working in the facility and clients coming for food safer from potential exposure to the coronavirus. Financial donations through the pantry's website,, or by mail at 133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, MA 02645 are being encouraged, as more and more local residents will require support from the Family Pantry in the days to come.

Mason Jar Meals

We hear that Guy at the Mason Jar in Harwich Port served up free meals to the residents at Pine Oaks Village in Harwich last week. His hard work and donation is much appreciated.

Rent Reduction

A Commerce Park landlord has knocked 30 percent of the rent of several tenants. One of those tenants, Bob Vath of Vath and Higgins Builders, said the discount will help ensure the company can pay its bills and keep its workers on the job. “We're pretty fortunate to be still working,” he said, but added only one worker is on a job at a time to ensure social distancing, which is slowing down schedules. He expects a slowdown to hit this week, and he's already seeing it with the supply chain. Not having to worry so much about the rent is “very helpful,” added Peter Higgins. Vath said he hopes the company can help those in the community who need assistance as well.

The landlord, who asked that his name not be used, said he was providing the discount to “plant seeds” and encourage others to take steps to ensure that local workers can whether the emergency.

Dance, Dance, Dance

Adam in Chatham is offering free online dance classes via Zoom. Find details on the Adam in Chatham Facebook page.

Fishing Help

The Women of Fishing Families is helping fishermen and shellfishermen obtain financial aid. The group can provide help with utility bills, businesses and expensive and household costs up to $250 through its Fishing Community Fund. Grocery and gas cards are also available for any family that needs food or gas to get to work.

Families can reach out directly to either Shannon Eldredge at 508-958-6580 or Karen Murdoch at 508-274-2092. Allow 48 hours for a response. More details at

Restaurant Donation

Chatham part-time resident Joe Carr, founder of Joseph Carr wines and Josh Cellars, has pledged $100,000 to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, to help restaurant workers who have lost their jobs.