TAMPA, Fla. - Seminole Heights might get a reputation among hipsters as one of the cool places to be in Tampa, but the area still has a large population that struggles every day to make ends meet.

Ronald Felton, 60, the man who was gunned down Tuesday morning along North Nebraska Avenue, dedicated much of his time to make sure those who needed food in Seminole Heights didn’t have to go hungry.

Every Tuesday and Friday morning, he would make his way to New Season Apostolic Ministries to set up tables and set out food. Other volunteers who worked with him called him “Superman.”

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Bishop Samuel Washington says because of low funds, on several occasions he’s had to decide between keeping the lights on in the church or getting food for the pantry.

“The Lord {has} allowed us to keep the food bank open going on 15 years,” he said. “And every time I think about closing it, he’ll send an angel to bless us to keep the doors open a little while longer.”

Right now, one of those angels might be Stan Lasater with the Southeast Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association. Lasater is helping organize a food drive in Felton’s honor this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot at 5100 N. Nebraska Ave.

The church welcomes all donations, but is in need of canned goods.

You can also mail a financial donation to P.O. Box 310427; Tampa, Florida 33680. Checks should be made payable to New Seasons Apostolic Ministries. Tech-savvy donors can contribute via Cash App with the code $NSAMTampa.

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