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Sheriff’s Volunteers will provide Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need

Once again, the Sheriff’s Volunteers are reaching out to county individuals and businesses for their support of this 18th year of distributing Thanksgiving turkeys, etc. to those in our community who are in need of help. Approximately 180 letters have been mailed to local businesses and generous individuals requesting their help. If you would like to contribute, but have not received a letter, please mail a check, in any amount, made out to Gilchrist Sheriff’s Volunteers and mail to P. O. Box 1235, Trenton, FL  32693.  All contributions will be acknowledged and a list of donors will be published in the Gilchrist County Journal soon after the distribution has taken place.

This year, we will be simplifying the process of sign up and distribution with the cooperation of the local food pantries that offer Christmas turkey distributions.  The process will be the same as that at the food pantries. You will be required to present a photo identification, a copy of a recent electric bill, your current address (must be a Gilchrist County resident), and fill out an application.  Only one resident of an address will be eligible to receive a Thanksgiving turkey.

Please note: Lists will be compiled on a first come, first served basis.  The cutoff will be 300 maximum.  Sign up will take place on November 3rd at the Trenton Food Pantry. Distribution will be made from the Sheriff’s Office Gun Range behind the Agricultural Complex on Hwy. 129 on November 23rd.  The distribution will begin at 9 a.m.  Specific distribution times will be provided on a receipt that will be given on the sign-up day and must be presented at the time of pick up. The person signing up must be the person picking up.

If there are county residents who are in need, but do not read the Journal or frequent the food pantries to be apprised of the sign up and distribution dates and times, please spread the word so they may be helped.

The Sheriff’s Volunteers thank those in advance for their contributions and assistance with this year’s Thanksgiving turkey drive. Once again, the community pulls together to help those residents with the greatest need.

By Rosemary McDaniel, PIO