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Sheriff Gusman Calls for Volunteers for 47th Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Volunteers will assist with holiday meal distribution across the community and other event needs

NEW ORLEANS – (Nov. 11, 2021) – Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman is calling for volunteers for his 47th annual Sheriff’s Thanksgiving Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. As a part of the celebration, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) employees and volunteers will distribute more than 3,000 holiday meals to those who

need it most across the New Orleans community including individuals in assisted living facilities, local shelters and more. Volunteers must follow COVID-19 protocols and will be awarded four hours of community service for their contribution.

“It has been a difficult year for our community with continued COVID-19 surges and Hurricane Ida, so it’s even more important that we spread a little joy this holiday season,” said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. “Our annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration is a chance to bring our community together, and we encourage volunteers to join us.”

In addition to the holiday meal distribution, Sheriff Gusman encourages the New Orleans community, and all who are interested, to join him for a virtual program on WLAE-TV and Facebook Live. More details on how to join will be shared closer to the event.


For information on volunteering and to register, click here. This year, volunteers can choose to register as a car and driver, or a car and driver with passengers. Volunteers may also choose to go above and beyond by volunteering to deliver additional meals.


About the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) operates the jail facilities, providing for the care, custody and control of incarcerated individuals. The Sheriff’s Office executes all writs, orders, and processes of the Traffic, Municipal, Civil and Criminal courts. Sheriff’s Deputies are peace officers with the full authority to conduct criminal investigations and make arrests within Orleans Parish.

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