Tommy Raskin: Inspiring Hope and Strengthening Community
“Tommy’s Pantry embodies so much of Tommy Raskin. This includes Tommy’s sense of the surpassing importance of not questioning people’s need for assistance or the reasons they and their families find themselves in need at this moment. People drive up in their cars, and no questions are asked. No questions, no judgment; just a friendly smile, a box and a loving reminder of the next time.”
– Sarah Raskin, Tommy’s mother
Tommy’s Pantry is a heartfelt tribute to the late Tommy Raskin, who grew into an extraordinary example of kindness, grace, generosity, and humility right here in Takoma Park. Tommy’s spirit lives on through our mission, where neighbors come together to uplift one another and ensure the preservation of human dignity.
Since March 2020, our outreach has dynamically evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of those we serve. In a tribute to Tommy on his birthday, we introduced the distribution of healthcare and cleaning items for the first time. These wellness boxes have become a vital lifeline, alongside our shelf-stable food boxes and fresh produce, bringing immeasurable relief, comfort, and joy to countless local households.
The COVID pandemic has starkly illuminated a longstanding need that persists in Montgomery County. It has also demonstrated the remarkable power of supporting one’s neighbors. Families and individuals from diverse backgrounds have united in this collective effort, forging a community where every resident feels seen, supported, and empowered, even during challenging times. We believe this enduring commitment would have filled Tommy’s heart with immense pride.
We are profoundly grateful for your unwavering support as we continue to honor Tommy’s legacy. Whether through volunteering your time or making a donation, your dedication amplifies our impact and strengthens our resolve to make a lasting difference in the lives of those we serve.
Together, let us forge ahead, guided by the spirit of Tommy Raskin, and create a future where compassion and community thrive. Join us in our mission to uplift our neighbors and build a more resilient and caring society.