On Thursday, December 13, 2012, the BOB Task Force met to spread holiday joy by presenting a holiday gift basket and donating canned goods to a local charity. Members of the group contributed to the creation of a holiday meal basket as a gift for Mrs. Kathlean S., a local resident experiencing financial hardship during this holiday season. Kathlean’s holiday plans were drastically changed when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. His recent chemotherapy sessions have left him unable to create the holiday environment their family treasures. The Task Force stepped in to provide the fixings and trimmings for a holiday meal and more. Kathlean expressed her gratitude for the gift basket and the work performed by the Task Force.
“It’s great that you are working to make our neighborhoods safer. Crime prevention really begins in the home, but sometimes families need help to stay straight”, said Kathlean. “It’s nice to know that some body cares enough to help.”
Following the presentation, canned goods collected by the Task Force were donated to the Dream Center of Saint Petersburg for distribution to needy families. Mr. King Best, a Dream Center program manager, welcomed the donation and expressed an interest in further participating in activities produced by the Task Force. “You show that you like to get things done. This food will go a long way towards helping the community. People just don’t realize how many hungry people we have in Saint Petersburg,” said Best. Indeed, the more than 200 items offered included meats, stews and entrees that are the center piece for a meal.
Randy Lewis, Chair of the Task Force, said ” Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like to just talk about helping. I need to see that something is being done. If you know that LOVE is an action verb, then you can’t spend your time just talking about how much you love your community.” The Task Force demonstrated their love on this day and on many others.
If you are interested in learning more about the Task Force and its activities, please call the League at 727.327.2081 x 119 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Pinellas County Urban League, visit www.pcul.org.