Local 10 viewers drop off donations at Publix stores for annual Day of Giving

7 South Florida charities to benefit from food drive

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Local 10 News viewers helped give back to the community Friday during the station's annual Day of Giving.

People showed up in full force to select Publix stores to donate nonperishable foods and new, unwrapped toys.

"I came to donate because I wanted to give from my heart, because I am blessed," Janice Stanley, who drove to the Pembroke Pines store from Miami, said. "Even though I don't have much, I feel I can give to others."

Seven charitable agencies in South Florida will benefit from the food drive, and there were scores of donations dropped off at various Publix super markets.

People from Manna-Share-A-Meal, an agency that feeds needy veterans, seniors and single-parent families, were on hand at the Pembroke Pines Publix, and they were blown away by the generosity.

"People are just coming in, and I mean a lot of people that are donating, which is fabulous. Everything counts," John Schnell, from the organization, said.

Some people gave cash for groceries.

Even former Miami Dolphins player Adewale Ogunleye showed up with a cart full of food.

"(There are) people who have stuff who have worked hard for it and God has blessed them," Ogunley said. "I think it is their duty to give back. There are so many people in this world who need a hand. When I was growing up there were people that looked out for me. "