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Lathrop police, firefighters join forces for food drive Saturday
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LATHROP – They are usually on the forefront, fighting fires and taking a bite out of crime.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lathrop Save Mart, Lathrop Police officers and Lathrop-Manteca Fire District firefighters are joining forces – this time to help fight hunger this Christmas season. The police officers and their trailer, and the firefighters with their engine will be there to collect food donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca.

“We’re looking for nonperishable food items,” said Deputy Andrea Lopez, the community resource officer for the Lathrop Police Services.

Save Mart has given its blessings to the police officers and firefighters to conduct their philanthropic project which is being launched for the first time ever this Christmas, Lopez said.

This holiday project, called “Guns and Hoses Food Drive,” is the brainchild of Fire Captain Don Jones and was deployed without much ado, she added.

“We just quickly threw it together,” Lopez said.

They were able to launch the idea in spite of the quick preparation because “we love working with the fire department; we work very well together,” she said of the cooperation that exists between the two service agencies.

“Everyone is volunteering their time” on Saturday for this cause, Lopez said. About 15 police officers and firefighters are expected to show up and lend a hand, she said.

At 4 p.m., all the collected food items will be delivered to the Second Harvest warehouse at the Industrial Park in Manteca. Lopez said arrangements have been made for this delivery with Second Harvest executive director Mike Mallory.

Lopez said they selected Second Harvest as the recipient of their food drive “to give back to our local food pantry.”

Save Mart in Lathrop is located on Harlan Road on the south side of Lathrop Road.

For more information about the food drive and how to help the police officers and firefighters, call the Lathrop Police Services at (209) 858-5551.