Pache Batson, left, Sheriff Mike Harrison, center, and Pat Hardman hold up some of the Easter basketball given out as part of the annual Easter Basket Drive. [ CCA | Contributed ]
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Sheriff’s Easter basket drive a success

Our little Easter Bunny is hopping around, happy! Thanks to your generous donations, children were smiling on Easter morning,

Sheriff Mike Harrison’s Easter Basket Drive was a huge success due to the fundraising efforts of Coastal Community Association of South Gulf County and the VFW Post #10069 and all of the generous and caring donors in the community. Thanks to each and every one of them.

Baskets at the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office brought in through donations to Coastal Community Association of Gulf County. [ CCA | Contributed ]

Through these donations just shy of 300 baskets and stuffed bunnies were given out for Easter to less fortunate and deserving kids from one end of Gulf County to the other by the sheriff’s deputies.

In addition to meeting all the needs for baskets and stuffed bunnies for the kids, the additional funds that were donated were split by the sheriff between Two Fish Ministries in Port St. Joe and the Wewahitchka Ministerial Association Food Pantry. So not only did the children have a visit from the Easter Bunny, but they were also well-fed on Easter as well.

Donors dropped off baskets and stuffed bunnies at various spots throughout South Gulf County. Thanks to these businesses for helping: Cape Trading Post, St. Joseph Bay Golf Club, Beach Realty, Capital City Bank, and The Mercantile Mill and Southern Styles. Other donors choose to make cash contributions. The Duren’s Piggly Wiggly in Port St Joe ordered CCA baskets at wholesale prices to make the donations go further. The Lion’s Club and the Realtor Association of Franklin & Gulf County stepped up big time.

Boxes of baskets ordered through the Piggly Wiggly. [ CCA | Contributed ]

We appreciate all the CCA board members who gave their time and effort to put on the Liar’s Challenge to raise funds, obtain the donations, do the shopping, and pick up and deliver the baskets to the sheriff’s office for the deputies to get them to the kids. Special thanks go to board members Jan Roycroft and Rosemary Raganella for organizing and picking up at all the drop-off points. It takes a lot of community effort to have this great success! We are blessed with such a caring and generous community. 

Dr. Pat Hardman is the president of the Coastal Community Association Inc.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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