St. Marys barbecue to benefit Slow Down for the Holidays

St. Marys Galaxy Food Center will host its second barbecue to benefit the Slow Down for the Holidays event to help bring toys to children for Christmas. (Photo Provided)

ST. MARYS — St. Marys Galaxy Food Center will host its second barbecue Saturday afternoon to benefit the Slow Down for the Holidays program.

Starting at 11 a.m., food will be available for purchase. This year’s menu features a meal of pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans and drinks for $8. Individual sandwiches can be purchased for $5.

Slow Down for the Holidays is organized by St. Marys Police Department and the Pleasants County Sheriff’s Office.

Starting at the first of October and running through Dec. 16, anyone who gets pulled over in Pleasants County can choose to donate a toy, a gift card or toy in lieu of paying for a traffic ticket, according to Sgt. Jason Reed of the St. Marys Police Department.

Those proceeds are used to give toys to children for the holidays for families that are in need.

“It goes to a very good cause. There are several underprivileged families in the community,” Terry Stewart, manager of St. Marys Galaxy Food Center, said. “I think it’s great that we’re able to help with that.”

The barbecue will help to raise funds for the project.

“Ninety-nine percent of that money stays in Pleasants County,” Reed said.

The police and sheriff’s departments work with local churches and organizations to help distribute the toys. Reed explained that officers will purchase large stuffed animals. If they see a child in a vehicle following safety laws, they will pull the driver over and give the child the animal.

“(It’s a) way to connect with the community and to show that law enforcement isn’t the bad guy,” Reed said.

Roughly 220 pounds of pork will be prepared for the event. A whole pork butt was available for pre-order and pick up will be from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The meat will be smoked for hours beforehand, starting in the wee hours of the morning, Reed said.

Mountaineer fans won’t have to worry about missing the game to come to the event. Sponsors hope to provide a large TV to watch the game, Reed said.

This is an outdoor event. Tables will be set up in the parking lot and participants will be able to watch the game, play corn hole, eat food and benefit a good cause.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.