By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Following Thanksgiving, organizations in Brevard County got into the holiday spirit of giving, with a month of community service and good deeds.
With the help of local businesses, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and Canaveral Fire Rescue Christmas Angel 2012, a community service program that the Canaveral precinct and the Canaveral Fire Rescue department has been doing for more than 10 years, donated toys and provide services for those in need.
"(Christmas Angel) builds a partnership between local businesses in the community and the Sheriff's Office," said Sgt. Scott Pikus of the Sheriff's Office, who organized the program with Canaveral Fire Rescue Chief Dave Sargent.
Sgt. Pikus said the program distributed donated toys to about 135 children and help senior citizens with every day necessities, including delivering meals to them.
"We collected pet foods and treats for the animals of seniors because a lot of them have pets (they can't buy food for)," Sgt. Pikus said. "We also have one lady, who is constantly being scammed. (The scammers) cleaned out her account, and her phone was cut off. The scammers would then pay for the phone to be turned back on, and they would get more of her money. Call One (a telecommunication company) bought her a brand new phone plan, and now they can't get her number anymore."
The program also held fundraisers for the community, including $10,000 in cash donations.
Local business that participated include: Seaport Canaveral, Sea Ray Boats, Call One, Tight Connect, Comprehensive Health Services, Ron Jon's Resort, Residence Inn Cape Canaveral, Excel Coatings Port Canaveral, Space Coast Corvette Club, Kennedy Corvette Club, Dotty's Bar, Tip A Few Tavern, American European Bakery, RCCL Monarch of the Seas and RCCL Freedom of the Seas.