BSO’s Operation Blessing food drive is underway

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(Courtesy of BSO) Deputy Richard O’Glee is the first to donate to the Bossier Sheriff’s Operation Blessing Christmas Food Drive. O’Glee placed a can of cranberry sauce and a box of instant mashed potatoes in the barrel at the Courthouse. Residents, staff and visitors will be donating food for the next few weeks. Barrels are also located at the Viking Drive Substation, the Arthur A. Teague Parkway Substation and in Bossier Schools.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office has kicked off its Christmas food drive, placing barrels at the entrance to the Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton, the Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive, Bossier City, and the Teague Parkway Substation at 3135 Arthur A. Teague Parkway. There will also be a barrel at each Bossier Parish School.

Visitors and staff will fill the barrels with canned goods and other non-perishable food items over the next few weeks in support of Operation Blessing, the Sheriff’s food bank program.

The food bank relies on public donations, not tax dollars. Those foods will then be assembled in “Spirit of Christmas” food boxes to help provide meals for about 500 homes with elderly and needy residents. Brookshire’s Grocery provides the boxes and a coupon for a hen in each box.

“The support of the Bossier Parish community and our schools each year is heartwarming,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “Everyone should be able to enjoy a good meal at Christmastime.”

Operation Blessing, which began in 1998, relies on year-round support from businesses, organizations and individuals. The program also provides food to about 200 families each week throughout the year.