Gracious Donation of Strawberries Goes To Brevard Jail Inmates Who Worked To Distribute Sandbags
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // September 1, 2019
Gem Pack Berries of Irvine California donates cargo of fresh strawberries to reward Corrections employees and inmates
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With all of the stress and concern over Hurricane Dorian I wanted to share a great story that happened on Saturday.
Over the past week, our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Team and a number of Brevard County Jail Inmates filled and distributed over 70,000 sandbags that were distributed to our citizens.
Our Corrections Deputies, Patrol Deputies and Inmates have worked hard around the clock to accomplish this challenging task that has allowed our citizens to better prepare for the potential impacts of this storm.
On Saturday, K-9 Deputy Lauren Donaldson met Mr. David Botello and Mr. Chan Sengphong of S & S Trucking who were transporting a load of fresh strawberries.
Unfortunately, due to the storm, the cargo was unable to be delivered for local distribution so the cargo owners, Gem Pack Berries of Irvine California graciously donated the cargo to our Jail Complex in an effort to reward the Corrections employees and inmates for their incredible work to help our citizens be prepared.
As a direct result of Mr. Botello and Mr. Sengphong and the generosity of Gem Pack Berries,15,000 pounds of fresh strawberries were personally delivered and donated to the jail complex.
On Saturday night the inmates who worked so hard distributing sandbags to our citizens and our team members will be enjoying fresh cut strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry cookies, and anything else our Kitchen Staff can think to make using the 15,000 pounds of fresh strawberries.
You know, throughout my nearly four decades of law enforcement experience, I have seen some really bad situations and some really great accomplishments, but I find it refreshing that we usually see the best of humanity during extremely difficult times.
This is a perfect example of how a kind gesture or comment can make a giant impact in someone’s life as this past week our inmates and team worked under the sun, moon and rain to make and deliver some sense of help to our citizens.
Without question, the actions of this donation have put a smile on many faces today who have worked very hard and earned a little something extra.
I am extremely proud of our team members and the inmates who worked so hard around the clock in an effort to provide you with some relief to your storm concerns. Please join me in thanking all of them for a job well done!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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