On Thanksgiving afternoon Gulf County was served a successful Community Thanksgiving Lunch hosted by the Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team.

In just four weeks the non profit organization rallied together to craft an immediate action plan to feed the people of Port St. Joe on Thanksgiving Day. The event’s success is a credit to the passion, teamwork and donations from various organizations and businesses like Duren’s Piggly Wiggly, the Junior Service League, Sacred Heart Hospital and Guild Girls, Port St. Joe Yacht Club, and the South Gulf Volunteer Fire Department.

Forty volunteers showed up on Thanksgiving Day and worked from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. These volunteers from Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, and vacationers from out-of-state arrived ready to assist and serve in anyway possible. Cutting cakes, greeting members of the community at the door, setting up the tables with decorations, playing music, putting together 100 to go plates, delivering meals, serving food, cleaning up, and waving at people who drove by the First United Methodist Church were some of their activities to ensure the day ran smoothly and efficiently. Volunteers ranged from individuals to families, adults and children alike.

The Community Thanksgiving Lunch served over 150 people in the Port St. Joe and surrounding area. The Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team are thankful for the opportunity to be of service to the community for the holidays. The organization is now a certified 501 (c) 3 non profit organization intent to support Gulf County individuals’ long term recovery. The Community Thanksgiving Lunch was the first of many events and actions the organization plans to implement in the community.

Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1104 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 or text “RecoverGulf” to #41444. If you are in need of assistance, The Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team encourages you to contact them via email at cgcrecoveryteam@gmail.com or call 270-8911.