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Big Y SurPRIZE Squad helps Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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SOUTH HADLEY, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The Big Y SurPRIZE Squad from Western Mass News was at it again Wednesday.  

This week, we surprised a deserving group who are hard at work to help their neighbors in need.

The idea for this week's mission came from a nomination sent in to Western Mass News.  Some nominations were sent with a postage stamp, others through e-mail. 

A message from Mary Lou Guarnera with Neighbors Helping Neighbors in South Hadley grabbed our attention. 

“Our volunteers work so hard and are so dedicated.  They are faithful, they ask for permission to be absent when they need to be and I thought it would be worth recognizing them," Guarnera explained.

With that, the Big Y SurPRIZE Squad set out! 

For everyone, we brought breakfast and a celebratory cake, and then, we had a few more surprises up our sleeves. 

We presented Guarnera and the pantry with $500 worth of Big Y gift cards to help them stock their shelves 

Many of these volunteers are in need themselves, including Terry, whom we surprised with a $100 gift card to Big Y and some flowers.

We also surprised Kevin, who is a volunteer and client, with a gift card and some flowers.

Kevin explained that the staff at Neighbors Helping Neighbors have helped him, so he wanted to give back 

"So I come here almost everyday...you're going to make me cry here...it's a happy time," Kevin added.

CLICK HERE to see more photos from this week's mission!

Every week, the Big Y SurPRIZE Squad will bring fun and surprises to locations across the Pioneer Valley.  To nominate someone deserving for a surprise, you can e-mail surprizesquad@westernmassnews.com or use our online form.

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