Sheriff Melvin C. High who serves as this year’s President of the Public Safety Assistance Program Board, which is comprised of public agency heads and employees, spoke about giving in his opening remarks saying, “What we all know about giving is that the great joy of giving is the very act itself, for its ability to uplift the giver as well as those to whom the giver has the privilege of giving.”
County Executive Baker thanked everyone for their generosity and for their commitment to the work it takes to make the program successful. Remembering that the 2010 Holiday Food Basket kickoff was one of the first public events he attended, the County Executive said, “ I recognize that an enormous amount of work goes into getting these baskets ready for delivery to those in need. I appreciate efforts of our public safety employees to make this special program happen. There are so many families that are grateful for the joy that these baskets will bring.”
Sheriff High introduced the members of the Board, including Vice Chair, Fire/EMS Chief Bashoor and other board members, including Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Public Safety Barry Stanton, Police Chief Mark Magaw, Department of Corrections Director Mary Lou McDonough and Director of Homeland security Brian Moe. DCAO Stanton and Chief Bashoor recognized Bill Milligan for his commitment to the program and thanked companies for their contributions, as well as public safety employees who volunteer each year.
Milligan recognized a number of companies who helped the Food Basket Program overcome the challenges presented by the late summer floods which damaged and destroyed approximately $15,000 of canned and non-perishable foods, food collection barrels and equipment that the program uses as it begins each New Year.
Sheriff High also talked about the challenges presented by the floods saying that the Board members put their heads together and agreed to ask members of each agency to help close the gap left by the floods with an in-house campaign. High said that as a result of the great partnerships Milligan has built over the years many of them stepped forward to help so that the collection barrels, pallets and equipment were quickly replaced.