Law enforcement teams up with rescue mission for food drive - WNEM TV 5

Law enforcement teams up with rescue mission for food drive

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Thousands are preparing for big meals during the holiday season, but for many others it will be a struggle to get anything on the table.

"Every little last can counts, even if it's one," said Bobbi Garcia, with Bay City's Good Samaritan Rescue Mission.

The rescue mission is an organization dedicated to helping any community member in need and they are currently trying to stock their pantry for the upcoming season.

The Bay City Department of Public Safety partnered with the rescue mission in a month long food drive. It's spread out at seven different locations throughout Bay City.

The non-perishable food donation drive is in its fifth year. CEO of rescue ministries in Mid-Michigan, Dan Streeter, said a community partnership with local law enforcement showcases how much they really care.

"They are out there on the front lines and they see people in need and so now they're not only seeing that and helping them when they have an emergency, but they're doing something else and they're helping better their community," Streeter said.

Senior administrative assistant Ellenore Pringle agrees. She said serving the public is their business.

"I mean, I think that's the core value of who we are in this department, particularly between police and fire is to give back. There are a lot of people in this area, in the Mid-Michigan area that need help," Pringle said.

Several Bay City fire stations are serving as donation sites and will continue doing so until Dec. 1.

"So canned vegetables, any boxed cereals, things that are gonna be able to stay on the shelf without spoiling. Those types of things are great needs," Streeter said.

Garcia knows firsthand why those donations are so important.

"Because there's lots of children here and lots of other adults that eat and it's very important that they get fed healthy too," Garcia said.

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