Representative Charlie Crist helps hand out food at the Hispanic Outreach Center

Representative Charlie Crist helps hand out food at the Hispanic Outreach Center

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Rep. Charlie Crist (D-13th district) spent Wednesday visiting sites to help those in need because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Crist joined volunteers at the Hispanic Outreach Center in Clearwater to help distribute food to needy families.

“I think it is important for all of us as civil servants and not for politicians to do the right thing, to help each other,” said Crist.

The center has fed nearly 200 families every week for the past month.

“We are happy to do something positive to help our community, to do something about this pandemic,” said Vicky Obando at the Center.

During his visit, Crist showed the volunteers a bracelet he is wearing that reads, “Practice the golden rule every day.”

He says he follows that rule, which is why he wanted to volunteer in the center on Wednesday.

“The Hispanic Outreach program to do this is a godsend and I am just very proud to help a little bit,” said Crist.

Obando said the visit meant a lot to them because lawmakers were part of their community.

“When a politician comes to us, it means that they pay attention to our needs and pay attention to what is important to the community,” said Obando.

Most importantly, they want people to know they care about them.

They try to give hope to others in what may be a hopeless time for some.

“We are facing this pandemic, we have been facing it for months now. We have violence all over the country, including here in Florida in Pinellas County, so I think a glimmer of hope is more important now than ever,” said Crist.

Crist also visited the brewing of Big Storm in Clearwater to learn about their efforts to make hand sanitizer and St. Vincent de Paul Center of Hope to deliver masks to homeless veterans.