Department hopes to make food drive an annual event

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Although Orange Grove is a prosperous community, there are still those who will go through the holiday this week without a Thanksgiving meal. The Orange Grove Police Department is doing its part to help by initiating the first OGPD Thanksgiving Food Drive.

"We feel the need to help give back to the community, for those less fortunate," Sr. Police Officer Daniel Jaramillo said. "No one should go hungry on Thanksgiving."

Jaramillo, along with officers Ramon Godines Jr. and Manuel Gonzalez, began the first food drive this month. Canned goods were collected both at the Orange Grove Police Department and the Bulldog Diner. The boxes of food collected through this week will be taken to St. John of the Cross Catholic Church for distribution to those families in need. Jaramillo said the effort wouldn't have been a success without the support of the community.

"The community has been very supportive with donations, especially the Bulldog Diner, who allowed us to have a drop off point at their location, and were very generous themselves with donations," Jaramillo said. "For being the first annual food drive, we've done pretty well. We should be able to feed several needy families in our area this Thanksgiving with what we've collected."

The department is also planning a local Christmas Toy Drive for Orange Grove area children this year.