Minneapolis Police Officers, Firefighters Hand Out 1,000 Thanksgiving Dinners

November 14, 2017 04:14 PM

For the 12th year in a row, the Minneapolis police and fire departments teamed up with sponsors to hand out 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need.

A long line winded through Cub Foods in North Minneapolis well before the event began Tuesday morning. One-by-one, families and busloads of young kids picked up a turkey and a bag of onions and potatoes. 


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Community Engagement Coordinator Sherman Patterson has been organizing the effort from the start. The partnership has provided 12,000 meals in 12 years. 

"It's a beautiful thing to see people giving back to the community with these turkeys at this time of the year," Patterson said. "It's just growing and growing, and I'm just very excited about it, as always."

This year, officers and firefighters had the help of Minneapolis Mayor-Elect Jacob Frey and the Minnesota Vikings' new running back Mack Brown. Little Free Library also joined the effort this year, providing 500 free books for kids.


Tyler Berg

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