An organization that assists people struggling with drug addiction has some new wheels to help carry out its mission.
Truth Pharm announced Monday that it has received a Toyota Highlander donated by Maines Paper and Food co-owner Bill Maines and his wife Tracy.
Truth Pharm uses the vehicle to shuttle those with substance abuse disorders to treatment facilities, as well as for advocacy trips to Albany and to travel to awareness events in our community.
Bill and Tracy Maines decided to donate the vehicle in honor of Adam Walsh, the late son of former employee Terry Walsh.
Adam died of a drug overdose in 2007, just shy of his 21st birthday.
Terry’s wife Mirella Masciarelli first approached the Maines for a monetary donation.
She and Adam’s mother Patty joined a group of Truth Pharm volunteers, or “Rainmakers,” at Monday’s unveiling.
“11 years. I don’t know how long it’s been for everybody else here but it does not go away. Something needs to change at some point,” said Walsh.
Masciarelli said, “He gave it in Adam’s memory. And it just took our breath away. We were all like, ‘What?!’ It shows that just when you’re ready to give up on humanity, somebody amazing comes forward in the community and does something like this to raise awareness.”
Truth Pharm was already raising money through the sponsorship of stickers on the vehicle that memorialize those who have died, celebrate those in recovery and advertise businesses that support the cause.
Now the $12,000 already raised will go toward gas, insurance, and maintenance.
Truth Pharm is continuing to solicit sticker sponsors.
You can find out more information on its Facebook page.