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Police Helping Make Thanksgiving Meals Happen for Those in Need

November 26, 2020Joshua Skovlund
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Photo courtesy of NYPD/Facebook.

The Chicago Police Department (CPD), New York Police Department (NYPD), and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have been helping families through Thanksgiving by providing people in their communities with turkeys and other holiday trimmings. 

This year has seen widespread civil unrest amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed over 1.4 million lives globally and left thousands more with damaged lungs or other crippling aftereffects. In 2020, COVID-19 may also become the leading cause of line of duty deaths within the ranks of police. Despite these circumstances, law enforcement officers have continued to report to work every day to enforce the law and serve their communities.

In the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, NYPD officers from the Rapid Response Team pulled over people who had committed minor traffic infractions, but instead of tickets, they handed the occupants a turkey, according to News 12 Brooklyn

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Turkeys ready to be passed out by NYPD officers. Photo courtesy of NYPD/Facebook.

NYPD Chief Terence Monahan was seen handing out turkeys with fellow officers on Nov. 19 in preparation for the holidays. The NYPD posted on Facebook that its officers handed out over 1,000 turkeys throughout the five boroughs of NYC. 

In Los Angeles, LASD Industrial Station teamed up with LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis on Friday for Operation Gobble Gobble, donating over 1,000 turkeys to members of the community. 

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva and East LA Station Capt. Richard Mejia joined Designated Exceptional Services for Independence (DESI), a nonprofit organization, to donate turkeys. The holiday birds were given to families predesignated by DESI. 

And in Chicago, law enforcement officers from CPD teamed up with the Philadelphia Church to hand out Thanksgiving meals to members of the community in need.

CPD, LASD, and NYPD did not return requests for further information at the time of publication.

Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund has covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis that followed the death of George Floyd. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he earned his CrossFit Level 1 certificate and worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. He went on to work in paramedicine for more than five years, much of that time in the North Minneapolis area, before transitioning to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children. His creative outlets include Skovlund Photography and Concentrated Emotion, where he publishes poetry focused on his life experiences.

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