Christian Social Service (CSS) is a nonprofit organization that supports the Pasco County area, with most of the requested help made by families and single mothers.
The CSS thrift store and food pantry, at 5514 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., is filled with donations from local churches and private contributors.
DAVRON, a Land O’ Lakes-based executive search and outplacement firm, reached out to Jacquie Petet, executive director of CSS, to see how the company could help, according to a news release.
Petet expressed the most urgent need was for school supplies and backpacks because students will return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, and CSS was expecting to help hundreds of families. The nonprofit provides each student with a backpack, school supplies, and $20 toward its thrift store for back-to-school clothing.
In answer to Petet’s request, DAVRON hosted a School Supply Drive. With the help of the community and The Laker/Lutz News readers, DAVRON was able to donate 80 brand new backpacks and a multitude of school supply items to CSS.
These local businesses, as well as other private donors, stepped up to the plate, as well: Hungry Harry’s, Aroma Joe’s, Sweet Frog, The Flying Squirrel, Land O’ Lakes Family Fitness and Station House BBQ.
In addition, DAVRON employees contributed $1,550 to the nonprofit, which they raised at their own Charity Challenge Fishing Tournament.
Christian Social Services currently is accepting donations on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and can be reached at 813-995-0088.
Published July 14, 2021