By: Sharon Aron Baron
A local law enforcement organization has stepped up to help after the devastation from Hurricane Michael to the Florida Panhandle.
The Team South Florida Law Enforcement Charity will be collecting donations and filling their trailer to hand-deliver to law enforcement agencies and fire rescue stations most impacted.
This week, the Target at 9600 Westview Drive in Coral Springs is accepting donations on behalf of Team South Florida near the guest services area. Items that needed are: snacks, ready to eat foods, drinks, water, diapers, and first-aid related items.
Coral Springs Police Department officers Rich Best and Jason Whisnant, along with other first responders from Martin, Palm Beach and Broward County will be driving up with the donations.
“We are meeting with other law enforcement agencies in the area who have lost, unfortunately, everything,” said Best.
He said that snacks and drinks will help them because the stores are closed, or there are no stores open in the areas they are working.
Team South Florida Law Enforcement Charity is comprised of active and retired, sworn law enforcement members, in good standing, who serve, have served, or retired and now reside in the South Florida area. Their mission is to honor fallen law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty while supporting their agencies and their families.
On Friday, October 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. they will pickup the donations from Target, and the next day they will travel to other collection sites to before driving to the Florida Panhandle for the weekend.
“We didn’t want to interfere and come to soon. That’s why we are coming up this week,” said Best. “When you do something like this you need a plan of action, otherwise you complicate things. Now we know what they need and where they need it.”