BLADENSBURG, Md. (ABC7) — For 32 years now Prince George’s County police, firefighters, sheriff’s and corrections officers have been gathering and distributing holiday food baskets.
“It’s just a phenomenal feeling to be able to get out in the community and give back,” said Fire Chief Marc Bashoor.
It’s a tradition that never gets old for those who give.
“Public safety is truly concerned about the lives of people and this is a way we can directly impact people,” said Police Chief Hank Stawinski.
And certainly not for those who receive.
“It means I’ve been blessed,” said Bladensburg resident Larry Powell.
“I’m so thankful to get this food and the blessing it gives to me and my family,” said Joanne Bowden.
First, the volunteers gather at a local firehouse to pack boxes with donated food in an assembly line, which typically includes everything needed for a holiday feast.
Then, a fire truck is loaded up with the donated food for a drive to places around the community, like Emerson Senior House in Bladensburg.
“It makes a big difference because a lot of these people don’t have food in their refrigerator, their pantry,” said Bill Milligan, the volunteer holiday food basket organizer.
“We love it,” said Julia Jackson. “We look forward to when y’ all come every year.”
The holiday food basket deliveries will continue all week.