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Local Public Safety Organizations Come Together for Community Giving Event
On December 12, 2018 the Rochester Fire Department, Rochester Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and Gold Cross will provide 300 hams to community members in need. The gathering will take place from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Army National Guard Armory Parking Lot (1715 Marion Road SE).
Fire Chief Erika Kerska shares, “As public safety organizations, we have the privilege of serving the community, especially in times of need. This is our opportunity to not only come together as public safety organizations, but it is also an opportunity to give back to our community during a season that can be especially difficult.”
This is the first time the four organizations have come together for this type of event. The hams are being provided by Hy-Vee. A limit of one ham per person will be adhered to, as to try and provide all those who attend the opportunity to receive a ham.
Virginia Merritt, Executive Director of Channel One Regional Food Bank, highlights, “12,550 people in Olmsted County are food insecure, and 4,400 of them are children. This affects the overall health and well-being of our community. We are so grateful to the Rochester Fire Department, Rochester Police Department, Olmsted County Sheriff, and Gold Cross Ambulance for leading by example to help end hunger. Everyone wants to create holiday memories that they’ll never forget, but not everyone has a way to put food on their table. This is the perfect time of year for the community to join our first responders in ending hunger.”