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CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOLDS FOOD DRIVE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
For the second consecutive year, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department held a food drive to benefit families in need during the holidays.
Organized by Kelly MacDonald, Vocational Programming Coordinator for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the food drive was created as a means to assist people who are faced with the challenge of finding ways to provide food for their families during the holidays and beyond during difficult economic times.
“I decided to do the food drive again this year because of the amount of people that are in need,” said MacDonald. “Everyone in some way or another experiences challenging times, but the economy has really made it difficult on the average family to make ends meet.”
At the completion of last year’s inaugural food drive, several hundred pounds of essential provisions were donated to the food pantry of St. Monica’s Church in South Boston. This year, more than 300 pounds of food were delivered to the Salvation Army in Quincy, Massachusetts with the assistance of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Community Works Program, which deployed a unit to help load and unload the donation.
Though responsible for the inception of this well–received event of giving, MacDonald was quick to share whatever praise she has been afforded for the drive’s success.
“I got started doing this last year with Officer Glen Campbell and, though he has left the Department, I decided to do it again this year,” MacDonald said. “With the assistance of the Department’s Major Marie Lockhart, who was a big help both this year and last, we were able to store the boxes of food in the space she provided for us, sort and check dates on all the food and get it packed up for delivery. She was instrumental in helping to get this done.”
And, while the coordination of acquiring and distributing the food to the designated charity is not without its challenges, for MacDonald, the reward for the effort is in the knowledge that she has made the burdens for others just a little bit lighter during the holidays.
“Although we can’t help everyone, I firmly believe that no children – or families for that matter – should have to go through the holiday season without enough,” said MacDonald. “This is a time of year for giving and we need to come together to help our neighbors.”