The Great Pumpkin is real, Charlie Brown. Food donations to the Food Drive sponsored by South Gulf County Fire Department, Coastal Community Association (CCA) and St Joseph Bay Golf Club were lagging way behind what was needed with less than a week to go to Thanksgiving. Brendan and Cindy Murphy stepped up to the plate after receiving the CCA email asking for immediate support.
Brendan went The Dollar Market in Port St. Joe and talked with the District Manager and Local Manager, Jon. They agreed to give a discount for any food purchased from donations from the groups on Saturday before Thanksgiving. SHOP LOCAL became a reality! The call went out and generous donations came in to meet the need.
Saturday morning members of the South Gulf County Fire Department, Coastal Community Association, and St. Joseph Bay Golf Club met to shop for the Food Drive. Good grief, Charlie Brown, it was sheer fun! In all well over $1000 was raised in two days to get the food. The Market gave an additional 25% off over the sales that were already in place.
Boy Scout Troop 47 was also collecting for the food drive and they gave a hand at loading all the food and toys.
The Food Pantry was no longer bare for Thanksgiving. Because of the generosity of donors and the Community Spirit showed by the Dollar Market, there will be a lot more Gulf County families who will have something more to be Thankful for.
What a great citizen effort and what a great effort by The Market and Jon and his staff. Please say thanks to them when you go in to shop and think shopping locally this Holiday Season.
Coastal Community Association and South Gulf County Fire Department will have another food drive before Christmas. Please open your hearts and give.