LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department is hosting its annual Stuff-A-Truck event this week.
“We’ll be set up right in front of Walmart all day Monday and Tuesday hopefully taking in record numbers of donations,” Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox said.
Residents are asked to stop by anytime between 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Walmart on State Route 15 North in Laurel to drop off donations.
“We ask for non-perishable food items and we also have staff from The Good Samaritan Center who will be taking monetary donations,” Cox said.
Cox says all donations will go to help The Good Samaritan Center in Laurel, who helps low-income families in emergency situations by providing food.
If you would like to help, here are a few items that will help Good Samaritan’s food pantry and soup kitchen:
“I hope everybody is in that good Christmas and Thanksgiving spirit and want to help out their fellow man,” Cox said.
The annual Stuff-A-Truck event is held in honor of the late police chief Tyrone Stewart, who first started the event when he was at the department.
“I believe he’d be very happy with it,” Cox said. “I spoke to his family and they’re very happy about it. It was near and dear to his heart and when you’re doing something good you want to keep on doing it and maybe just add to it.”
Cox says there’s a great need for food donations, especially during this pandemic.
“We’ve had to put a lot of our public outreach stuff on hold because of COVID, but people are still hungry and we may even have more of a need in this day in age because of the pandemic and the hurricane, the tornadoes,” Cox said. “We’ve kind of been through it here in 2020, but we want to continue this and hopefully have great success.”
According to The Good Samaritan Center, in the last seven months, their soup kitchen has served more than 72,000 meals.