TOWNSEND -- Jim Clish, president and founder of Townsend Ecumenical Outreach, and TEO volunteers are once again issuing a heartfelt thank you to Albert Stone and the employees of Sterilite Corp. in Townsend.

According to Clish, with all available funds being needed to buy food for the TEO food bank, there was no money left for the projects necessary to keep the TEO food pantry up and running.

Now, Sterilite and the chairman of the board, Stone, have once again stepped to the forefront by funding the much needed four-part project, to be overseen by Gary Shepherd, also of Townsend.

The first project starting this week is a new roof for the building at 82 Bayberry Hill Road, a building donated to TEO more than a decade ago by Sterilite.

Clish is astounded, he said, at what Sterilite is funding.

To start with, the entire roof will be removed and redone right, including a rubber membrane. The project should be complete by the end of the week.

The second step will be either replacing the existing well or repairing it so the water will be drinkable. This project will also aid the community garden.

The third project is a new septic system, and the final project, which should also be completed by the end of the week, will be an enlarged parking lot to meet the needs of the growing community being served by TEO.

"This is another incredible gift by Mr. Stone and his Sterilite employees," said Clish. "The TEO and the Townsend community are extremely thankful for all they have done and continue to do. This will help the TEO better serve the community and meet the needs of its residents."