SPD officers, Tobin Brennan, David Bower, and Aaron Renken present Linda Swarner, Food Bank executive director, with a $500 check to buy Christmas Turkeys for local families.
Regardless of religious or non-religious preferences this is the season of sharing, giving and helping all to have a warm and happy holiday season. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is a hub for helping those in need of food through out the year and especially during the holiday season. According to executive director of the Food Bank Linda Swarner they’ve been doing well with high school and local business canned food drives but have run short of turkeys, “As of Tuesday the 18th we were totally out of turkeys, so we were very happy to receive the check from the Soldotna Police Officers and we’ll be using their donation to buy turkeys for the freezer,” said Swarner.
Soldotna Police Officers Tobin Brennan, David Bower, and Aaron Renken personally delivered a check for $500 to the Food Bank last week on behalf of all the Soldotna Police Officers and administration clerk, “Our local union that is made up of Soldotna Police Officers and admin clerks raised the $500 through our statewide union to donate to the Food Bank during the Christmas season so they could buy turkeys and food for those in need. We know that throughout the entire Peninsula this time of year there is a need to assist folks that are having some trouble or less fortunate and the Food Bank has been doing a great job in meeting those needs and we’re happy to be able to give them a helping hand and will work hard to be able to give even more next year,” said Officer Brennan, president of the local Alaska Public Safety Employees Association (APSEA).
The $500 dollars wasn’t the first cash contribution the Food Bank had received from the APSEA; according to Swarner earlier this year they received a $1,000 check from the statewide Employees Association. Brennan joined all his fellow officers in reminding everyone to make the holidays happy by keeping safe, “Wear your seat belts and always be conscious of what you’re doing when you’re out on the road, and don’t drink and drive. That’ll help us all stay safe and enjoy the holidays.”
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