New Ipswich couple pays it forward with BBQ to benefit Greenville food pantry
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent | June 27. 2013 8:40PM
Gallagher's restaurant, Nennie's 5 Star Café and Catering in the Newest Mall on Route 124/Turnpike Road in New Ipswich, plans to host a chicken barbecue Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Greenville.
Additionally, the Gallaghers are raffling off a hockey stick signed by Boston Bruins hockey great Ray Bourque. Raffle tickets are $1 or the donation of non-perishable food.
The food pantry was one of the many community resources the Gallaghers were aided by when Thomas Gallagher suddenly became paralyzed from the waist down due to a previously unknown bulging disc in his spine.
The community came through in so many ways, she said, between providing food, paying bills, donating a van and making their home handicap accessible.
"It was amazing. It actually made us stronger in our faith," Annette Gallagher said. "Something like this happens and you think this is it and it makes you wake up. We're enjoying life more now than we ever did. It's a struggle, but we're enjoying it."
With the holidays far away, people often forget the needs of food banks and low-income children who receive free meals at schools are now at home, she said.