PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Philadelphia police officers are helping families in need this Thanksgiving by delivering more than 450 meals.READ MORE: Student, Brother In Custody After Shooting Near Lincoln High School Leaves Man Dead, 16-Year-Old Injured, Police Say
Officers knocked on doors throughout the day Tuesday to deliver more than turkeys, stuffing and all the fixings to residents on their beats. For the last 49 years the department’s Operation Thanksgiving has raised money from officer donations, raising $13,000 this year alone- $2,000 more than last year.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Warns Of Shift To Virtual Learning If SEPTA Strike Occurs
That money buys bulk food items and volunteers pack boxes that are delivered to the precincts and handed out to families, seniors and others referred by social organizations, churches or officers.
Department leadership say officers nominate families they meet throughout the year who might need the extra help on the holidays.MORE NEWS: Prosecutors Outline Close Working Relationship Between John Dougherty, Bobby Henon In Corruption Trial
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