PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – This has already been a busy year for Bay County emergency personnel dealing with recent wildfires, tornadoes and spring break mayhem. Now the community continues to show their appreciation.
Students at Arnold High School’s Food For Thought Service Project and neighbors in Tapestry Park have taken action to help local first responders. On Thursday night, the two groups brought meals to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office substation in the Promenade Mall in Panama City Beach. Residents of Tapestry Park say it’s important to say thank you to first responders because of the stress they’ve been through.
“Especially with what we’ve seen over spring break, how many people have been involved in getting all the guns and all the arrests and they must be exhausted, so we thought we’d give them back,” said Tapestry Park resident Misty Whitt. .
Whitt said in a post from the Tapestry Park Facebook group seeking donations of food, money or gift cards. She said they raised more than $700 from neighbors to buy food and energy drinks for first responders. Food For Thought students also donated $200 in gift cards. Officials said it was an “incredible” gesture by the community to thank them.
“Well, we also have to say thank you. Thank you for the support and for feeding us and just being there for us and saying thank you,” said Lt. Chad King of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
The Tapestry Park Neighborhood Activities Committee also organized neighborhood children to create cards to hand out to MPs. They look forward to these efforts and the spirit of gratitude from those who work so hard to help us continue throughout the year.
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