Organizers Energized to Help Even More After Community Fridge Stolen – NBC 6 South Florida
For Sherina Jones and her co-organizers, getting involved in her Thanksgiving giveaway was shocking, but something to be expected as well.
“We’ve been giving to the ward since August,” said Jones.
She says most of the people who showed up on Wednesday are some of her “regulars” who rely on the communal refrigerator almost daily, which she started about four months ago.
They call it the village (free) and it’s meant to help with the growing needs exacerbated by the pandemic.
“People come here to get food for breakfast, lunch or dinner,” said Jones.
With the help of their community partner, they set up the refrigerator in front of the Roots Collective Black House in Liberty City.
They fill it with groceries and leave it on the sidewalk. Anyone who is hungry at any time of the day or night can help themselves.
But sometime on Tuesday evening, the refrigerator was stolen.
Fortunately, that didn’t affect the turkey giveaway scheduled for Wednesday.
“We had to keep going. We couldn’t stop today, ”said Danny Agnew, one of the organizers.
However, it does affect those who rely on the refrigerator every day.
Despite the setback, the village organizers said the incident only underscored the need and encouraged them to continue their mission.
“When Danny and Rina called to tell me that the refrigerator had been stolen, it was initially a sense of anger, but then the plight became apparent in our community,” said organizer Isaiah Thomas. “That someone needed it. Somebody needed what was in that fridge. “
They said they already have community partners committed to refrigerator replacement.
“It didn’t cloud my mind,” said Thomas. “It just told me that we have to keep doing what we are doing. It’s a need. “
They have set up a gofundme to support their efforts.