The Bob Telmosse' Foundation
How the Giveaway Started
In 1983, the event began as a hoax. Someone ran an ad in the Gazette Telegraph saying Bob's business was giving away free food. When people come to his business, Bob explained the mistake and had them come back the next day and provided them with food from his own resources.
The event grew the next year and the next and the next. When it grew into the thousands, SafeChild took over. The Giveaway continued for 22 years, helping thousands of less fortunate have food, clothing, gifts and toys for Christmas. Bob directed the event until 2003 when his health prevented him from doing so. After 2003, the Giveaway has continued through the efforts of many people in the community and eventually the Bob Telmossé Foundation.
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