Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Michigan Police Distribute Thanksgiving Turkeys to ‘Alleviate some Financial Strain’ During the Holidays

Jackson, Michigan residents, received free turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. Law enforcement assists locals with Thanksgiving dinner by providing free turkeys in observance of Thanksgiving 2022. Officers at the Jackson Police Department in Michigan are doing what they can to support their community. Holiday feasts are being affected this year by inflation.

Hundreds of people lined up on November 16 in anticipation of getting a free turkey for their Thanksgiving meal. In the first-ever turkey giveaway of the city, 150 residents received Thanksgiving turkeys, according to Fox 47 WSYM. In just under an hour, they were all gone.

“It is not just our community. It is all communities. We know the need is there, and it is not a lot, but we tried to do what we could,” Cheryl Ragland, the coordinator for Jackson’s group violence intervention program, told Fox 47.

Ragland added, “150 turkeys went fast, but next [year] there will be more for sure.”

The families who received a turkey seemed to value this community outreach. One recipient expressed her appreciation for the gift because she was helping her parents and family during the holidays.

Jaime Key, a resident of Jackson, said to Fox 47, “I’m thankful that they’re doing this.”

Ragland told Fox 47 that the turkey giveaway fits with Jackson’s Group Violence and Intervention positive messaging program.

“With increasing food costs for families, we hope this will alleviate some financial strain during the holiday season,” Ragland explained.

More feel-good stories this morning! @CTWindsorPolice is cooking Thanksgiving meals for people in need. Officers come together with their families to make sure everyone in town has a home-cooked meal. More on @FOX61News all morning long pic.twitter.com/chMBsYNeXQ – Lindsey Kane (@lindseykanetv) November 23, 2022

This holiday season, charitable giving is not limited to Jackson Police. Thanksgiving dinners were prepared this week by Windsor, Connecticut, police officers and delivered to dozens of people. Additionally, the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, Arizona, shocked motorists in 2021 by pulling them over and giving them frozen turkeys as gifts rather than tickets.

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