Al’s Pals, a charitable organization based right here on Marco Island, is the recipient of donations made during Saturday’s South Collier Republican Club party, held in conjunction with the flotilla of President Trump supporters.
“I am a member of the republican club,” said Allyson Richards, who founded the volunteer organization Al’s Pals along with Lorraine Corva. “They said they wanted to have their donations go to Al’s Pals. So that is money that I will divide between the groups that I work with, then I’ll save some to buy beds and bedding. Every so often we get a call saying, ‘I have some families that absolutely need food.’ So I take the money and go to the store and buy food, give it to them and they go distribute it.”
Yvette Benarroch is the chairwoman for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Collier and Lee County. She presented Richards with a check on Saturday for Al’s Pals on behalf of Affordable Landscaping Service and Design, a company Bennaroch and her husband own and operate.
“We’re donating $1000,” Bennaroch said. “We’re hoping other small businesses in the area will also do that. I volunteer for Al’s Pals every once in a while, translating Spanish, and I’ve seen their needs grow. So it will be great to give them some help; because the need is really great.”
“We started a few years ago just helping a lot of organizations,” Richards said of Al’s Pals. “We’re a charitable organization, but we’re not a 501C3. We partner with everyone to do things. We partner with the YMCA; we partner with Our Daily Bread food pantry. We run their distribution. We run mobile food pantries. For the Y, we run the bread run. We feed about 400 people a day. We pick up at both Publix, Starbucks and Empire Bagel and we take it out to the Habitat Communities, we take it to Manatee Middle, we take it to two liaisons, and they distribute to other people. We feed a lot of people every day. We collect clothes and take them out to the farms. We distribute sandwiches. People are so excited. All these people we service all say thank you. They’re grateful.
“We do all kinds of things,” Richards said. “If there’s a need somewhere, we’re there. I want to make the world a better place.”