St. Luke’s, firemen donate food; Daughters of the King gives rice and beans
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
Dec 17, 2013 | 888 views |  0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If it’s left up to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Jacksonville Firefighters Association, everyone will walk away from their meal on Christmas Day with a full stomach.

St. Luke’s conducts a food drive each year at this time. This year, though, they had some help from the firefighters, who collected about 400 pounds of food.

David Bell, president of the Jacksonville Professional Firefighters Association 3948, said he and his fellow firemen were glad to be able to help.

“This is an extension of our work in Jacksonville,” said Bell. “We live at least 240 hours a month in Jacksonville. This is our second home. We eat, sleep and work here and we protect those in our community, so this is just an extension of our work here.”

“The holiday season is the perfect time to remind people of the importance of giving year round,” said St. Luke’s rector Michael Reich. “The firefighters wanted an opportunity to become more involved in the community. The church is already deeply involved and, by coming together in this effort, we’re able to serve others as we approach Christmas, which is a time when our hearts and minds are turned toward giving to others.”

St. Luke’s Daughters of the King gives out bags of rice and beans from Sandra Caldwell, president of that organization, said members thought they needed to do something special since it’s Christmas, so they gave out 150 bags of non-perishable food Saturday, with the help of the firefighters association.

“I just think Christmas is giving, and I wanted our church to give more than just the beans and rice,” she said.

Caldwell said she’ll be baking cookies to take to the firemen as a way of thanking them for their help.

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