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The Sunshine Gal

Emma R. Murphy emurphy@lowellsun.comMay 27, 2019

BILLERICA —Five thousand miles. That is the number of miles Josephine “Jo” Leary put on her car delivering and organizing meals for residents in Billerica.

Leary is the founder and president of Sunshine Gals, a volunteer nonprofit that provides meals for seniors, children, veterans, the disabled and anyone else in the Billerica community.

The group formed 10 years ago when Leary and some friends noticed how the struggling economy was affecting folks in town.

“We thought we could do something in the form of food,” Leary said.

No one in the group had much experience gathering donations or organizing free meals and many prospective donors were skeptical, Leary said. They were unsure if there was a need in Billerica.

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