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The Florida A&M University Center for Workforce Development has been serving the Tallahassee community since March of 2012. Through our service, we have had the opportunity to interact with myriad individuals from different age groups, ethnic backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses. On account of this, we understand the need some members within our community have in regards to their lack of access to resources in order to have an adequate meal for the Thanksgiving holiday.

With this in mind, the Center for Workforce Development partnered with Florida A&M University Academic Advisor Raymond Bellamy for the successful execution of the 2nd Annual Larry Campbell Thanksgiving Drive.

The Annual Larry Campbell Thanksgiving Drive collects and organizes goods for the delivery of boxes full of those goods to the homes of families in need within the Tallahassee community.

The Drive took place on November 22, 2016 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM, during which time a program honoring contributors and supporters took place from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM; and thereafter, 110 boxes of food were packed in an assembly style line and delivered to residents within the Tallahassee Community who are in need.

Within these boxes were one turkey, one loaf of bread, two stovetop stuffing mixes, two canned ocean spray cranberry sauces, two canned string beans, one bag of rice, canned fruits, and other canned vegetables.

These items were purchased and donated by residents and businesses within the Tallahassee community.

Through our collection efforts, the Center for Workforce Development personally contributed 45 cans of string beans; 15 cans of bags of black beans, red beans, and great northern beans; 17 cans of cranberry sauce; 38 boxes and bags of rice; 15 boxes and bags of stuffing; 5 jars of peanut butter; 8 cans of fruits; 25 cans and boxes of other vegetables such as carrots, corn and sweet potatoes; and 3 brownie mixes boxed and bagged.

The event was emceed by Dr. Gwendolyn Singleton, Chairperson of the Florida A&M University Psychology Department.

The event featured guest such as the late Sheriff Larry Campbell’s son, Jack Campbell who is the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Elect; Clarence Burgess Owens, retired safety of the National Football League and Author; Chief Michael DeLeon of the City of Tallahassee Police Department; Chief Terence Calloway of the Florida A&M University Police Department; and Sheriff Mike Woods of the Leon County Sheriff Department.

The occasion speech was given by the Center for Workforce Development Community Outreach Coordinator Natalie Alexis.

During the event, supporters and contributors of the Drive were honored. Those recognized included Market Leader III Anita Tuong of BB&T Bank, General Manager Armando Zapata of Costco, and Store Manager Greg Coggins of Wal-Mart.

The Sheriff Larry Campbell Community Service made its debut, honoring Florida A&M University, the Leon County Sheriff Department, and the City of Tallahassee Police Department for their commitment and service to Leon County and their support of the Annual Larry Campbell Thanksgiving Drive.

Each box was packed with food by Florida A&M University volunteers and program participants in an assembly style line. After each box was packed event attendees, including Florida A&M University students, student-athletes, and coaches were given the addresses and names of the individuals to whom these boxes would be delivered.

All things considered, the 2nd Annual Larry Campbell Thanksgiving Drive was a success as the event founder, Florida A&M University Academic Advisor Ray Bellamy and his event coordinators met their goal of feeding at least 100 families in need within Leon County.

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