Sheriff’s tents spreads holiday charity, cheer

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The first of four tents, erected on two consecutive workdays, is staked up alongside the Falmouth Harbor bandstand. This and all the others were for local community or fundraising events, hosted during the holiday season and so themed. The tent that went up here helped Falmouth’s Chamber of Commerce put on its traditional Holiday by the Sea weekend, complete with a 5K Jingle Jog and a Kids’ Elf Run. All tents were provided by, erected and struck by supervised inmate work crews for the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.

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From Falmouth, it was off to Hyannis, where the off-loading begins. This about-to-be-erected tent helped the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund collect donations that will be turned over to families who need it most, often but not always in the wake of a personal tragedy. The tent being off-loaded here was set up outside Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, which hosted the event next to its company headquarters. Co-sponsors included the Times and LiveLoveLocal – an energetic, public-spirited group of the Cape’s small businesswomen.

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Now two inmates are in Mashpee, erecting a tent for a charity called Homeless for the Holidays.  Mashspee’s police and fire unions have organized this event, located at the Mashpee Common’s rotary in the Lobster Trap parking lot. Cash, non-perishable food, and toys are being collected. Most will stay in the town of Mashpee and the rest on Cape. The food will be shipped up to Christ the King Church’s food pantry for distribution from there; the toys will be sent to Cape Cod Girls and Boys Clubs, where it will be parceled out to needy children.

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Another view of the Mashpee tent raising.

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With Falmouth, Hyannis and Mashpee under its belt, the crew has now arrived in Bourne – another Homeless for the Holidays location. Like the Mashpee site at a very busy rotary, this one will be traversed by a steady stream of motorists using Main Street in Buzzards Bay. Sheriff Jim Cummings notes the Cape’s hardy array of charitable organizations “is never busier than during the holiday season, when the need is greatest. This year is no exception. With the holidays now fully upon us, I hope those able to will support a charity of their choosing.”
Media release and photos furnished by Barnstable Sheriff’s Office

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