The Community Fund of Darien has approved an emergency grant of $5,000 for Person-to-Person to help purchase a generator for its food pantry and offices.

The need for the generator became critically evident after the devastating storm, Sandy, and its aftermath when Person-to-Person was without power and lost many pounds of food that would have been distributed to those in need.

Person-to-Person officials said they are grateful for the support of the Community Fund for the generator so the agency can continue to be available no matter what emergency arises.

Person-to-Person is a volunteer-driven, community-supported agency, which, through sharing of goods and talents, responds to individuals and families who lack the basic necessities or resources to improve their lives.

Person-to-Person recently merged with Christian Community Action in Norwalk, greatly increasing the numbers of individuals and families it supports. Person-to-Person also receives an annual grant from the Community Fund.

The Community Fund of Darien provides funding to more than 25 human service agencies in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford that support the homeless, unemployed, hungry, elderly, children at risk, and individuals who struggle with substance abuse, depression or special needs.

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In addition to providing annual grants to agencies, which involves an extensive review, the Community Fund maintains an emergency grant fund for immediate needs.

"Our mission is to enhance the capacity of the community to care for one another," Christie Stone, president, said in a release. "Helping Person-to-Person purchase a generator surely fulfills that mission."

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