SHREVEPORT, La. — Deputies and local residents of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office delivered 500 Christmas food boxes Tuesday to the elderly, disabled and those in need throughout Bossier Parish as part of Operation Blessing to provide a hearty meal for families this Christmas.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said the delivery of these Christmas meals is the culmination of the efforts of many people.
“Our deputies and Posse are making the delivery of the food boxes today, but it would not be possible without the food and monetary donations of area businesses, students and individuals to Operation Blessing,” Whittington said. “Providing these Christmas meals didn’t just happen…it’s the result of a lot of giving people and a real team effort to help folks in our community.”
Sheriff Whittington lauded Kevin Thomas, an 18-year-old senior at Parkway High School who alone donated 341 food items to Operation Blessing. While working as a courtesy clerk at Kroger’s, Thomas, an AFJROTC cadet, said he was touched when he saw customers having to put back grocery items because they couldn’t afford them. That’s when he decided to make a contribution to the food bank program to help others in need.
Operation Blessing is a food bank program started by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in 1998 to help elderly and handicapped residents in Bossier Parish. It operates without tax dollars and is funded by donations by individuals and area businesses. The program supports more than 125 families per week year-round, and at Christmastime, a special food box is developed to provide a hearty meal for families during this special season