Theft Leads To Community Giving In Miami

Just before Thanksgiving, the day before a turkey giveaway for those in need in a low-income Miami neighborhood, Sherina Jones found out one of the free community fridges she’d been stocking had been stolen. She was devastated since she’d been helping to feed struggling people for months, but then something incredible happened. The community she’d been helping came together to help others.

People who were barely getting by themselves pitched in to replace the refrigerator. Jones’ former high school classmate and her husband bought two new fridges for her cause and the Reverend Michael Daily got a community agency to buy another fridge and had a construction worker build a protective housing so it can’t be stolen. An advertising firm also donated boxes of food and thousands of dollars and soon, hundreds of people had helped raise more than $23-thousand for the project.

The community also contributed to a toy drive, so Jones could provide dozens of bikes, toys and presents to 400 families for Christmas. Now she’s back to stocking three free community fridges and uses the extra ones to store food. She has applied for nonprofit status and is turning her labor of love into a food bank. “I’m so appreciative,” Jones says. “We’ve all come together to take care of each other.”

Source: AP News