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Gasparilla Crewe come together to help local nonprofit

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 18:19:09-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- For many, the one positive impact from the coronavirus pandemic is the generosity of our community, like the Crewe of Bobbie C. Davis.

They donated hundreds of dollars worth of food to Metropolitan Ministries.

“Everybody showed up bringing lots of food and items, like diapers and other things you wouldn’t think of it,” said Chib Anderson, one of the founding members of the Bobbie C. Davis Crewe.

The pandemic has interrupted what is usually a busy parade season for the Crewe, so they got together to collect donations for Metropolitan Ministries. Like every other local nonprofit, Met Ministries is feeling the impact of the virus.

“The donations came from the Crewe members, neighbors and from people just interested in helping out,” said Bobbie C Davis Commodoor Tom Leber.

According to Feeding Tampa Bay, which supplies food to organizations like Met Ministries, the number of families in need has grown from 650,000 to 1.7 million due to the pandemic. All local food pantries are in the same boat as Met Ministries.

“We know the community is suffering right now,” Anderson said. “We know donations are down and we are glad to help.”

Crewe Bobbie C. Davis is a service organization and has required hours of philanthropy to meet.

“This is business as usual and in the land of COVID, this is what needs to be done,” said Anderson.

To make sure none of them got sick, Chib said, everyone in the Crewe had masks and gloves on, and they were social distancing.