Polk Sheriff’s Charities will be giving away free turkeys this Saturday
Polk Sheriff’s Charities, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization, is sponsoring a free turkey giveaway this Saturday, November 17th, at three Polk County locations. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Polk Sheriff’s Charities board decided to contribute turkeys to families who may be finding it tough to put a meal together for the holiday.
“This is our way of saying thank you’ to Polk County citizens for their support of our deputies. In some communities around the country, you can find tension and mistrust between law enforcement and residents. Not here. We work hard with our communities to keep our neighborhoods, families, and children safeand we get so much support from so many people. Building relationships and connections in our neighborhoods is what we are all about. We literally could not have the success in fighting crime that we have without our communities’ support. So, we know that there are families out there who are struggling financially and we want to do our small part to help out this Thanksgiving.” -Grady Judd, Sheriff
The turkeys will be distributed one per family, one per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. No identification or pre-qualification will be required to receive a turkey. “We trust that folks will do the right thing,” Sheriff Judd said. Deputies will be at each location to hand out the birds, which are in the 15 to 17 pound range. Up to 1,300 turkeys will be given away.
“If we have any turkeys left over, Polk Sheriff’s Charities will donate them to the jail to help them serve turkey to the inmates,” said Bunky Hill, Chairman of Polk Sheriff’s Charities. “But I have a feeling we may run out on Saturday. We have a lot of turkeys, but we also have a lot of need in Polk Countynot just folks down on their luck, but we also have working families that could just use a boost for the holiday.”
The locations and times where the turkeys will be distributed are:
East Polk: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Church on the Hill, 1111 Scenic Hwy, Dundee
Central Polk: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Champions Church, 1801 Havendale Blvd. NW, Winter Haven
West Polk: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Victory Church, 1401 Griffin Rd., Lakeland
Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. was officially formed in December of 2006 and is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization. Although the idea for the charity had been discussed for some time, it was formed as a result of the tragic murder of Deputy Matt Williams and K-9 DiOGi after a routine traffic stop. The community’s outpouring of emotional and monetary support after that tragic event ultimately demonstrated how a charity like PSCI would be supported.
To date, the charity has provided monetary support to Polk County Sheriff’s Office members who are facing significant unexpected negative events in their lives, scholarships for law enforcement family members and other deserving Polk County students, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement memorial. The charity also supports needs that the law enforcement community has identified, such as purchasing Christmas gifts for children in Polk County’s most economically challenged neighborhoods, supporting organizations dedicated to assisting victims of crime and domestic violence, supporting local charities who positively impact crime and quality of life issues in communities the Sheriff’s Office serves, and supporting the agency’s K-9 unit for replacement of their beloved K-9 partners.
Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. presents two annual fundraisers that help support its charitable work: the Annual “Bustin’ Clays With Sheriff Grady Judd” event at Tenoroc Sporting Clays in Lakeland and the Annual “Jeepin’ With Judd” event at Clear Springs Ranch near Bartow. Those wishing to support either or both events, or to make a contribution to Polk Sheriff’s Charities are encouraged to go to: http://www.polksheriff.org/about/polk-sheriff’s-charities#, call 863-298-6604, or write to Polk Sheriff’s Charities, ATTN: Deb VanConant, 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880.