LELAND, NC (WECT) - First responders in Leland teamed up on Friday to collect non-perishable donations from the public, and they gathered enough food to fill the back of a police car, a fire truck, and part of a trailer.
“It feels great. It’s very nice to see that side of humanity every once in a while. I like it," said Amy Burton, Batallion Chief of Leland Fire/Rescue.
Members of Leland Fire/Rescue and the Leland Police Department set up outside the Leland Walmart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect food.
“There were so many folks here in the community impacted by the hurricane this year, it means a little bit more this year," said Jeremy Humphries, Lieutenant with Leland Police Department.
All donations went to the non-profit organization Brunswick Family Assistance, which was responsible for coordinating donations after Hurricane Florence in Brunswick County.
“People are just really thankful. They don’t have the means to provide their own meals around the holidays, and really throughout the year, but especially around the holidays when they want to have the same experience of coming around the table, enjoying a holiday meal," said Stephanie Bowen, Executive Director with Brunswick Family Assistance.
The event, usually called “Pack the Patrol Car,” was this year expanded to include “Fill the Fire Truck.”
“This is the second year that we’ve done it. We’ve got great weather this year, as opposed to last year, it was raining, it was cold, it was windy, but we’ve been blessed today," said Humphries.
If you missed today’s event and still want to donate, go to http://brunswickfamily.org/.