BETHANY Kim Chernecky is not your ordinary mother. The mother of four has a mission and since 1988 she has not lost her focus, helping those who have fallen on bad times.

Last week, Chernecky was honored in her home town for her tireless efforts. She was recognized as Bethany's Citizen of the Year at the annual spaghetti supper the Democratic Town Committee hosts.

Chernecky said she was honored by the accolades she received. But in true Chernecky fashion, she requested that those in attendance bring a non-perishable food item to help the needy.

In attendance to honor the Bethany resident, were Congressman Jim Maloney, Senator Joe Crisco, Rep. Vickie Orsini Nardello and First Selectman Craig Stahl.

Chernecky is the founder of Concerned Citizens to Aid the Needy (CCAN) which she still leads. With a core group of volunteers she collects clothing, food , toys and household items. These are distributed to local families and the Christian Community Action Shelter in New Haven.

During the holidays, Chernecky receives assistance from Amity Senior and Junior High School students with projects including food drives and clothing collections.

Also during the holiday's, CCAN matches 100 needy children with sponsors to ensure the children receive a gift.

The wonder woman is in need of a location where she can store and sort items donated. Her home, garage and van are full.

Currently Chernecky has a drop off box in Woodbridge Town Hall for those who wish to leave items. If you are interested in helping contact Chernecky at 393-3728.