By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – A campaign to provide food for residents in need that was first held to honor fallen heroes has begun its sixth year of giving back to the community.
Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said the month-long food donation effort in partnership with outreach agency Downriver Fish and Loaves will run through July 31. The drive was first launched in 2011 as a tribute to the previous year’s lost officers, Cpl. Matthew Edwards and Lt. Dan Kromer.
“This was a way for the Police Department to repay the generosity and support of the community,” Sclabassi said.
Edwards and Kromer were killed in the line of duty: Edwards during a response to an armed gunman and Kromer while assisting motorists.
“At the time, the show of support from the residents of Taylor – and beyond – after the loss of our officers was just so unbelievable,” Sclabassi said. “Helping collect food for those who really need it is the least we can do to pay back the support that’s been shown us.”
Suggested donations include peanut butter, canned fruits, vegetables and meat, fish and stews, baby food and formula, juices, rice, pasta, chili, evaporated and powdered milk, breakfast foods and household paper products.
All items should be unopened and non-perishable, and can be dropped off at the Police Department, 23515 Goddard Road. For information call 734-287-6611 or go to the charity’s web site at www.downriverfishandloaves.org.
(James Mitchell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)