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   Isolation stemming from mandatory stay-at-home orders and social distancing brought fear and loneliness to Sun City Center’s senior community in March of 2020. Food insecurity also skyrocketed, and a growing sense of uncertainty paralyzed many. That was not the case for Sun City Center residents and Seniors in Service volunteers Don and Connie. After witnessing changes in their neighborhood, they decided to create positive change, resulting in their infamous tomato deliveries. Their packages brought smiles and sunshine, letting recipients know: “You’re not alone.”

A year later, Don and Connie continue their efforts and deliver their small bursts of happiness to neighbors, friends, and now, even strangers. Over the last year, Don and Connie gave out 775 pounds of tomatoes through 214 deliveries. In an event this March, hosted by Beth-El Ministries, Don and Connie personally gave 40 bags of tomatoes to grateful recipients, along with an encouraging smile and word. Don explains, “Our motto is ‘Building Hope, One Tomato at a Time.'”

Hope grows from even the smallest of tomato seeds. Plant seeds of your own – CLICK HERE to find the volunteer opportunity of your dreams! 

Want to get involved, but unsure where to start? Fill out the contact form below or contact              Chris Noble at or call (813) 492-8916!

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