Houston deputies wash cars to raise funds to feed needy on Thanksgiving

bpurser@macon.comOctober 26, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- Houston County jail deputies are teaming up with Chick-fil-A and other businesses in Perry for “Operation Arresting Hunger” to raise funds for Thanksgiving meals for the needy.

The Red Lobster next door to Chick-fil-A at 1363 Sam Nunn Blvd. has joined the effort by also providing water and parking for the car wash Saturday, said Maj. Alan Everidge, jail administrator.

Also, Katerings by Kelly donated the sponges, hoses, soap and other supplies for the car wash from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., he said.

Deputies who work at the jail will be washing vehicles, along with high school students who want to help as part of school or club community service projects, Everidge said.

Donations will be used to purchase food for Thanksgiving meals for needy families, Everidge said. The jail deputies are working with area churches to identify those in need, he said.

Deputies expect to purchase pre-made Thanksgiving dinners from a local grocery store and deliver the meals on Thanksgiving morning, Everidge said.

“All the family will have to do is warm it up,” he said.

The idea for the service project came from deputies who work in transport at the jail, Everidge said. The deputies also chose the name for the project.

“They’re really excited about it,” he said.

The goal is to provide as many Thanksgiving meals as possible from the fundraising event, Everidge said.

“There are a lot of folks struggling here,” he said.

In addition, the sheriff’s office will have a display of equipment and patrol cars at the event, Everidge said.

He said the event gives the public a chance to interact with the deputies, who will be available to talk with people and answer questions.

The Chick-fil-A cow also will be there, he said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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