Oldsmar, FL, January 27, 2014 – This coming Saturday, February 1st, teams of resident volunteers will be canvassing Gull Aire Village, a 55+ community in Oldsmar, from 10:00 am until noon using 16 golf carts to collect food donations for Oldsmar Cares. It is part of a 6-week food drive put together by Debbie Brown and Judy Dentici, residents of Gull Aire who also volunteer their time at the Oldsmar Cares food pantry. “We noticed that after the holidays the food pantry stock was dwindling, so we decided to have a food drive here in Gull Aire,” said Debbie Brown, food drive co-coordinator. She announced the food drive in the community newsletter, informing residents to make a contribution at the Club House January 7 to February 17.
Anne Marie LeBlanc, another Gull Aire resident who volunteers for Oldsmar Cares, brought the food drive to the attention of the Gull Aire Village Social Club. Members of the Social Club took notice. In fact, this Saturday’s community-wide, door-to-door food collection event was the idea of members Les and Ginny Johnson. Les thought the best way to guarantee that the food drive reached the whole community was through this special effort, and the Johnsons helped secure all the golf carts and volunteers for the event. Wearing the signature yellow Oldsmar Cares t-shirts, volunteers will collect food from over 600 homes in the community and bring it to the Club House in a grand parade of golf carts. In addition to helping collect food, the Gull Aire Village Social Club is donating $100 to buy food to add to the results of the food drive.
About Oldsmar Cares:
Oldsmar Cares is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization with a mission to provide stop gap rent and utility assistance, a food pantry, and a clothes closet – all at no cost – to those in need in the greater Oldsmar area. Oldsmar Cares is located at 163 State Road 580 West, Oldsmar.
About Gull Aire Village:
Gull Aire Village, located at 3138 Curlew Road in the City of Oldsmar, Pinellas County, is a deed restricted, socially active, senior community with 606 residences.