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Cape cops pitch in

By Staff | Nov 14, 2018

For the seventh consecutive year, the Cape Coral Police Department has partnered with local Walmart’s to present the “Holiday Heroes Food Drive,” with donations going to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

“We do it every year right before Christmas-we love doing these things,” said CCPD Chief David Newlan.

Officers were collecting donations at two Walmart locations in Cape Coral, on Pine Island Road and Del Prado Boulevard, from 1-8 p.m., Tuesday.

“This is something that we can do to give back to the community and those in need,” continued Newlan. “Our officers love doing this, and we appreciate those who stop by and drop off any donations.”

Last year, CCPD officers collected nearly 8 tons of food, something they hope to match, or even surpass this year.

Being able to support those who may not be able to afford a meal or provide one to their family is what it’s all about, said CCPD’s police chief.

“This is what we love doing. Especially around this time of year,” said Newlan. “Between the food drive, the toy drive, shop with a cop – these are the type of things we all get excited about and make us feel good that we can give back to the community. As much as the community supports us, we want to show that we’re supporting them as well.”

The relationship between CCPD and The Harry Chapin Food Bank is one that has been prevalent over the years, said Newlan, and that CCPD will do whatever they can to support those in need.

“Anything we can do (to help) – we do it every year, and we’re going to keep doing it,” he said.

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is a crucial time to ensure those who do not have the resources at their disposal, have the opportunity to enjoy a festive meal with family.

“Oh, absolutely,” said Newlan when asked if the food donations coming in around the holidays makes it important.

“There’s a lot of people out there, I think, that sometimes you don’t think about,” he continued. “Maybe they can’t afford to put food on the table, or even toys for their kids on Christmas. All of these things we’re doing, are all the things we’re going to be able to give to those who can’t. Anything we can do to help out.”

Many officers accompanied Newlan outside of Walmart to assist residents who brought food to drop-off unload, and to share a smile and a thank you.

Harry Chapin Food Bank is a 501 3 non-profit organization that has been in Southwest Florida for 35 years, and distributes 24 million pounds of food annually.

Its Fort Myers location is at 3760 Fowler St.

More information can be found at www.harrychapinfoodbank.org.

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