Former Bourne firefighter Craig S. Poirier has embarked on a new enterprise. Mr. Poirier is the owner of Crooked Farm in Buzzards Bay. This summer, he will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables grown on his farm on the grounds of the Bay Motor Inn.
The owners of the inn, Frederick W. and Irene P. Carbone, have given Mr. Poirier permission to set up a fruit and vegetable stand at the Bay Motor Inn on Fridays and Saturdays during July and August. All the money generated from the sales on those two days each week will be donated to the Bourne Friends Food Pantry, Mr. Carbone said.
“So that’s the second community service we’re doing for the town. We like to give back; it isn’t all about business,” he said.
Mr. Poirier and the Carbones have been good friends for more than a decade, ever since the couple gave Mr. Poirier access to the front of their property to set up his annual Homeless for the Holidays event.
Homeless for the Holidays raises food, money and presents for the needy during the December holiday season. Started by Mr. Poirier in 2001, Homeless for the Holidays has grown into one of the community’s most charitable endeavors.
For 103 hours (signifying the event’s connection with its radio partners), Bourne firefighters, their relatives and PIXY deejay MattyB man a tent in front of the inn and collect donations. In 13 years, Homeless for the Holidays has raised more than $100,000, nearly 20,000 toys and more than 35,000 pounds of food.