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Local Caravan takes hot meals, water and supplies to the Panhandle

By Cindy Jo Ayers
Some of the South’s finest cooks filled a large motor home, a covered trailer, several cars and a truck with an abundance of one dish meals and casseroles last Wednesday, October 17. The panhandle bound caravan left Bell at 8 a.m. with the goal of delivering hot meals to those in need. Julie Thomas started the drive to collect as many good hot homemade casseroles as possible hoping to feed as many of our local people working hurricane relief as possible.
The response was so overwhelm-ing that they not only had enough for our GCSO deputies, lineman, and other workers, they were able to feed many citizens along the way. Thomas said, “It all started with my desire to make sure folks that were away and working had a delicious, home cooked, made from the heart, Southern meal.”
Thomas reported that they traveled to four different towns with GCSO Lt. Clint Anderson and his brother Danny as their escort so that the caravan was able to reach as many people as possible. Matt and Alyssa Cowart pulled a covered trailer loaded with supplies and water they were donating to the cause. The Food Pantry of Gilchrist County and Ice River Springs water bottling plant in northeast Gilchrist County also donated water as well as those bringing one dish meals and casseroles.
Thomas said, “To those who made all those wonderful meals, a million thanks. Some folks out there had been eating MRE’s for days and some folks had been going without.”
The GCSO escorted the caravan through White City, Dalkeith, Port Saint Joe and Howard Creek. It was reported that they fed people in each town and were able to feed the entire community of Howard Creek. Reports are that the community of Howard Creek has pretty much adopted our GCSO officers as its own.
After everyone else was fed, Lt. Anderson escorted them back to where GCSO Officers were staying at Howard Creek near Port Saint Joe so our deputies could enjoy a good homemade meal.
The caravan members consisted of Billy Brideson, Kimberly Hines, Lolly Sumner, Matt and Alyssa Cowart, Julie and Bryn Thomas.

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