Our district is fortunate to have a rich history filled with stories about incredible people and acts of service. One of those people is Mrs. Ella Breedlove Speed of Apalachicola, who turns 102 on Saturday. Mrs. Ella is a pillar in her community and a role model for many. It is a privilege to know her and call her “my friend.” Happy birthday, Mrs. Ella!
Here is some more good news to help you through your week -
On September 18th, 2021, Seth Hulett suffered a near-deadly heart attack while performing in his band in Inglis. After Hulett fell off the stage, his friend and former firefighter performed CPR on him until a Levy County EMS crew arrived. After three attempts with a defibrillator, EMS crews got Hulett’s heart started and then transported him to the hospital. One year later, Hulett alongside his family was able to meet his rescuers for the first time to show their appreciation. Read more here.
In recognition of her countless years of dedicated service to the preservation of African American history, the city of Tallahassee recently honored Althemese Pemberton Barnes by dedicating a park in her honor. Several dozen members of the Tallahassee community, including city leaders, were in attendance to celebrate at the Smokey Hollow Commemoration. Barnes is now featured prominently on a mural that displays pictures of her throughout her time and work for the community. Read more here.
Local organization Feed the Gulf Coast reports one in eight people experience food insecurity in Florida. That’s why they teamed up with Winn-Dixie and other local organizations to feed those in need in Bay County. Five hundred families were fed at Messiah Lutheran in Panama City last week. They distributed nearly 25,000 pounds of food, including fruit, produce, frozen chicken, and Coca-Cola products. Organizers said the event was important for an area hit hard by food insecurity. Read more here.
As we continue taking measures to combat COVID-19, maintaining your mental health may become more difficult. I encourage you to visit this page if you are experiencing anxiousness or hopelessness.
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Neal Dunn Member of Congress
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