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Good Samaritan in San Carlos Park serves up free meals to help neighbors

A good Samaritan in Southwest Florida has been spending his own money to feed his neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Carlton Crabbe has been feeding his community with his neighbor Scott for about two weeks now. Crabbe told us his efforts started small with hamburgers and hot dogs.

People have begun stopping by to give Crabbe money and dropping off food donations, so both he and Scott can keep it up.

Driving down San Carlos Boulevard in San Carlos Park, you can’t miss big plywood signs. Under a blue tent in Crabbe’s driveway, you’ll find him and Scott waiting for anyone that might need a little help in during the COVID-19 crisis.

“I went in there. I was crying to my wife,” Crabbe said. “I was telling her everything, and she was like, ‘Boo, there’s really nothing you can do.’ And I said, ‘There is something I can do. There’s gotta be something I can do.'”

That’s when Crabbe started cooking and next-door neighbor Scott started to help. Now, every day they’re serving up smiles and full plates together.

“People are in desperate, dire need right now,” Crabbe said. “There’s a lot of people out there who are not eating, and they need something to eat.”

In the two weeks he’s set up shop here, Crabbe thinks he’s served around 100 people.

“Somebody is eating and not starving for one night at least?” Crabbe said. “Makes me feel good.”

You can find Crabbe and Scott outside every day from about 2 to 7 p.m., weather permitting.

“I just hope that I can help anybody,” Crabbe said. “Even if I help one person, that’s good enough.”

Reporter:Andryanna Sheppard
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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