Ethel Langgath received a welcome holiday present on Dec. 21, when Deputy William Lawson delivered a box filled with a ham and all the trimmings to her Largo home.
"It helps me tremendously. I have an 18-month-old great-great granddaughter and an 18-year-old great granddaughter living with me," she said.
In its ninth year, a community effort brought holiday meals to 63 families in time for Christmas. Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies in the Community Policing Department delivered the meals to homes in the greater Largo area.
The Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club, and Pinellas
Suncoast Fire and Rescue donated money they raised to help with the purchase of the holiday meals. Publix provided the meals at a reduced cost.
The meal included a fully cooked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple juice, bread, peanut butter, Christmas snack cakes, candy canes, macaroni and cheese, crackers, and sliced pineapples.
Feeding familiies is a year round outreach for Calvary Episcopal in Indian Rocks Beach. The church helps people regularly through its Beach Community Food Pantry.