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The Daytona Beach Fire Department conducts several community education programs, reaching out to the community to educate people in all types of environments regarding fire safety. Recently, though, Lt. Larry Stoney, Community Education Officer, wanted to reach out to the community in a different way.
Coordinating with Theresa Hill, marketing manager for the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, they planned an extensive holiday meal for the residents of the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County's emergency shelter.
The food was delivered in an ambulance and transported on a stretcher, much to the delight of the children who were temporarily living in the shelter. The chefs and cooking staff at the Hilton prepared the meal.
Residents in the emergency shelter typically stay for six to eight weeks. Last year there were a total of 385 non-duplicated residents living in the shelter, of those 166 were children, 215 were women and 4 were men.
"With 744 rooms and seven restaurants, we are frequent customers of the fire department, so we have a strong and healthy relationship, so when Larry approached us with this, we thought it was a great idea," Ms. Hill said.
For more information about the Domestic Abuse Council, visit domesticabusecouncil.com. The Domestic Abuse Hotline is (800) 500-1119.