Some inmates of the Pasco County Jail spent their day unloading a truckload of food, but these groceries are not for them. The Sheriff's Office collects the food from local schools and churches to give the gift of a meal to families in need this holiday season.
Corporal Alan Wilkett is in charge of this effort. He has been doing this for the last four years and he says the number of people in need has grown. "When I first started we were doing about 300 families 350 families and now we're well over a thousand."
Members of the Pasco Sheriff's Office volunteer corp are busy checking what comes in to make sure they will have enough to go around. Volunteer Margo Brandon says, "We try to make a meal for the day for the people and if there is anything left over God bless them they've got something for the next day." She added, "Sometimes during the years we've had extra to make up extra food to give to other charities. We may not be able to do that this year."
Several inmates are volunteering their labor to help move heavy boxes and sort canned goods. Inmate Tommy Clegg says he gets satisfaction from helping others. "Being able to give back to the community it makes it feels good to see that everybody pitches in to help out people that can't do it right now especially the times we're going through."
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