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Helping Those in Need — Land O’ Lakes Gators Football & Cheer Sponsors a Food Drive to Replenish the Christian Social Services Pantry

Land O' Lakes, FL (PRWEB) December 12, 2014

Finding a charity to help for the holidays was as easy as looking across the street from its “home field,” and that’s exactly what Land O’ Lakes Gators Football & Cheer did. The charity is Christian Social Services (CSS), which needed to re-stock its food pantry, and MCA ( is introducing the community to how this inspirational story came about.

After learning about the need, the Gators went right to work, sending out emails and a flyer to alert members. The message was simple and direct: “We need your help! The Christian Social Services food pantry here in Land O’ Lakes in running extremely low. Please bring canned foods and non-perishable items so we can replenish their stock for the holiday season.”

“The drive ran for two weeks,” said Meridith Hart, the organization’s secretary. “Donations were collected at our practices and games.”

The strategy worked: At the end of each week, food was delivered to CSS.

“The response was fantastic!” Hart said. “Our parents had very little notice of the drive, yet we had donations the same night the email went out. Our Gator parents were pleased that we were taking on this need and gave incredibly positive feedback about participating in future drives.”

The kinds of food youngsters collected included items like canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna, spaghetti sauce, soup, beans, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, and macaroni and cheese.

Christian Social Services (CSS) “is a specialized ministry of area churches that offers food, clothing, supportive services and Christian hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ in central Pasco and north Hillsborough counties,” according its website at

Located at 5514 Land O' Lakes Blvd., CSS was founded in the winter of 1985 when “pastors and lay people from Lutz and Land O' Lakes churches followed God's leading and worked together to establish an organization that would provide food, clothing and related services for disadvantaged men, women and children in our local area.” It opened its doors in August 1987.

According to Hart, Land O’ Lakes Gators Football & Cheer is a non-profit organization and member of the Pasco Police Athletic League (PAL).

“We teach football to children ages 5-14, and cheerleading to children ages 3-14,” she said. “We play a 10-game season with a three-game playoff.”

The organization’s mission is:

“Promoting interaction between the Community and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office through recreational and educational activities.”

“Bringing area youth closer together through a common interest in sportsmanship, fellowship and athletic competition.”

“Encouraging adults to behave in an exemplary manner when supervising youth and to keep the welfare of the youth foremost and free from any adult compulsion for power and glory.”

“Promoting ‘safety first’ play by encouraging strict controls over age and equipment, to acquaint boys and girls with the fundamentals required to maintain sound physical mental and moral health.”

For more information about Land O’ Lakes Gators Football & Cheer, visit or “Inspiring youth, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sex or financial status, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship and physical fitness.”

ABOUT: MCA ( is a full-service advertising agency based in Tampa. As part of its corporate mission, MCA uses a portion of its resources on a regular basis to put a spotlight on stories it believes will inspire others.

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