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Brooksville, Florida-based Accuform Signs, manufacturers of architectural and stock signs, banner materials and supplies, recently treated a group of children and their parent or guardian to their first Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game.
Operation HeartF.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) is a nonprofit in Brooksville whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to students and their siblings on weekends, holidays, and extended school break periods. Each holiday season, Accuform teams up with Operation HeartF.E.L.T to provide gifts for needy children in Hernando Country that otherwise wouldn’t have Christmas presents under their tree. Last year, for example, the entire Accuform team went on a shopping trip where they bought gifts for 50 children in the community.
This year, the company says, Wayne Johnson, company CEO, wanted to go a step further, so he decided to invite 32 children-plus a parent or guardian-to their first Tampa Bay Bucs game.
The company says prior to the game, each parent or chaperone was handed a present they could give their child or children on Christmas morning. Inside each package, they found a ticket to the Bucs game, a Bucs jersey, and a $10 food voucher to spend at the game.
The group of 48 rode to the Bucs game in a large black van and, when they got there, were surprised with a huge tailgate spread.
“It was exciting to see their faces and enthusiasm before the game-and the Bucs won!” says Johnson.