Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Community Policing Unit
Calvary Episcopal Church
1615 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach, Fl. 33785
Rev. Bob Wagenseil
Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club
PO Box 968, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District
12022 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo, FL 33774
Indian Rocks Shopping Center
Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit take time out to help deliver turkey dinners to families in need.
Deputies will meet at the loading dock behind the Publix at 12022 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo, FL 33774, in the Indian Rocks Shopping Center. Then they will be making deliveries to dozens of families in the area.
Deputies will meet and begin loading meals at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the IRB Publix.
Sheriff’s Deputies from the Community Policing Unit along with teen volunteers from the Calvary Episcopal Church will be loading Sheriff’s Office vehicles with turkey dinners destined for dozens of families in need. The project is an annual event which partners the Sheriff’s Office with a number of community groups to reach out and help families who might not otherwise be able to afford a traditional meal this Thanksgiving Holiday.
Calvary Episcopal Church is heading the event by bringing together government agencies, community clubs, and private companies. Deputies with the Community Policing Unit have identified the families in need through their daily work in the community.
Publix is providing the meals at a discounted rate. The meal includes a fully cooked turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, bread, apple pie, cranberry-orange relish, mashed potatos and gravy and juice. The meal, which is fully prepared, also includes heating instructions. The Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club, Calvary Episcopal Church and Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue donated money they raised to help with the purchase of the turkeys and all the trimmings. Pinellas Suncoast Rescue will also help deliver the meals.
In all, 60 families will benefit from the generous contributions from the organizations involved. The deputies will begin loading their vehicles at 3:00 p.m. behind the Publix at the loading dock located at the Indian Rocks Road Shopping plaza, on the corner of Walsingham Road and Indian Rocks Road. The deputies will then be traveling to dozens of homes in the Ridgecrest/Baskins, Highpoint, French Villas/Crystal Lakes Manor areas as well as the Cities of Seminole and Madeira Beach.
This is the ninth year for the event, and the partnership between the organizations. They also partner to conduct similar events for Christmas and Easter. Of course Christmas is only a month away, and the Calvary Episcopal Church’s Holiday Meal Ministry is actively accepting donations.
Feeding families in need isn’t just a holiday project for the church. Throughout the year the church continues their work through the Beach Community Food Pantry. The pantry is open every week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Calvary Episcopal Church. The pantry is always accepting monetary donations and all non-perishable food products to keep the pantry going. If anyone would like to help with holiday meals, or the food pantry, please contact the Calvary Episcopal Church at 727-595-2374, or see their website at www.calvaryirb.org for additional information.