Photo by Jeylin White
Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon (left) said she was surprised when Suk Dodd, general manager at Super Hmart, handed her a envelope filled with cash, and pointed to mountains of food for modest-income families in Riverdale. The donation is to support the city’s residents this holiday season.
Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon said she was overwhelmed by the hefty donation given to the city by Super Hmart to help meet the food and monetary needs of some residents in the city.
“I’m very elated by the [generous] donation,” said Wynn-Dixon, when she saw what the city, and its residents were getting. “I just thank Jesus.”
Monday, Mayor Wynn-Dixon walked into the Asian-inspired, Super Hmart grocery store, which has been located in the city since 2007, and eyed stacks of food in the store’s foyer.
“ Wow!” she exclaimed. “This would be enough to feed multiple families, this Christmas.”
Suk Dodd, Super Hmart’s general manager, said the store donated an undisclosed sum of money and a host of food and beverage items, with the help of several food-distribution companies, store employees and customers. Dodd said she hoped the money and food will benefit modest-income families, during this holiday season.
“We wanted do something for the people in Riverdale,” said Dodd, “There are a lot of people in need, and we wanted to help.”
Wynn-Dixon said she learned after Thanksgiving that Dodd was engaged in taking up a collection on the city’s behalf. The mayor said she had no idea the market was planning to donate such a large amount of food.
“We were not for sure how it was going to transpire,” Wynn-Dixon said “So, I’m very elated for the hefty sum that we will be able to donate to the people.”
Dodd confirmed that collections by the grocer kicked off last month, a week before Thanksgiving. She said the business was able to raise a substantial amount of money (which she would not disclose), for the city’s efforts, thanks to support from customers and employees. Her employees, she said, showed generosity by joining in the holiday initiative.
“People can have a hard time donating during the holidays,” she said. “But is was our employees that gave the most.”
Mayor Wynn-Dixon said because this donation was kind of unexpected, the city was not able to get word out to the community. She said she will take a portion of the food to several organizations she knows are in need of food and funds.
“I will go to Securus House, and foster care [homes],” she said, “and give to organizations that I know that can benefit.”
She added that she already has a few families in mind, who could use the food and money, to brighten up their holiday.