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LMPD Officers spread the holiday cheer a day early

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For the first time this Thanksgiving week, some officers with Louisville Metro Police are taking to the streets to give those who might not otherwise get one, a complete Thanksgiving meal. Officers in the first division spent the last few weeks coming up with names of those they work with on a daily basis who are in sincere need for a Thanksgiving meal.

A visit from a police officer isn't always a sign of good things, but on the day before Thanksgiving the people in Portland would call it a blessing.

"It means a lot to us. There is a lot of people going hungry the way the economy is," says resident Jacqueline Taylor.

At each stop officers like Dwight Rackley are giving away everything any family would need for the holiday. "A turkey dressing, potatoes, vegetables, cheesecake," explains Rackley.

Without when asked what they would do for Thanksgiving dinner Taylor says, "Nothing. We wouldn't have had nothing."

The First Division officers didn't let any of the goodies go to waste either. Once every one of their 125 families was fed - they dropped the leftovers off to a local business whose workers know even more families in need. The officers hope they will have all they need for the holiday and the days beyond.

"The main thing is plenty of turkey sandwiches and leftovers people may not have," says Sgt. William Hibbs.

Officers got help from the Portland Auxiliary, Kentucky Harvest and Dare to Care to make sure they had enough food and help this year. They say next year they will do it again and expect to help even more families.

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