Tisbury Police posted up in the town parking lot adjacent to Stop & Shop the day before Thanksgiving to collect food and monetary donations for the Island Food Pantry.
Officers also helped quell a bit of the hectic atmosphere and ease the labor of Thanksgiving shopping by helping folks carry groceries and by shuttling empty grocery carts back to the Stop & Shop entrance.
Officers Carla Gomes, Julia Levesque, and Cristina Whitney were out in front of a police pickup just before 11 am Wednesday helping shoppers and taking donations. Police administrator Samantha Gitschier was also there helping.
“So far we’re doing really well — got a good amount of donations, and we’ve raised over $400 in cash,” Tisbury Police Lt. Bill Brigham told The Times Wednesday morning. “I’m sure by the end of the day [we’ll] be doing even better.”
At the end of the day, Brigham said, an entire police pickup truck was filled with food, and $1,654 in donations were collected.