Dougherty County Police officers gave 25 turkey dinners to St. Clare’s Center and Neighbors In Need.
ALBANY — Despite taking a hit to their paychecks, Dougherty County Police Department officers chipped in and delivered 25 complete turkey dinners for those otherwise might go without.
The dinners were delivered about 10 a.m. Wednesday to St. Clare’s Neighbors In Need at 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Included in the dinners were a turkey — the main course — and traditional trimmings, such as macaroni and cheese, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and, as a little extra, 120 pounds of sweet potatoes.
“This is the ninth year we have collected food and money for food from our department officers,” said police Detective Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick. “We protect and we like to serve the meal to people who can use it.”
The donations are welcome, said Tina Appollonio, director of the charitable organization. Sometimes there aren’t as many donations in tough economic times as there are in good times, she added.
“But I’d say we are still doing good. People here have generous hearts,” Appollonio said. “We have close to 300 turkeys we give out.”
Thanksgiving dinner at St. Clare’s Soup Kitchen on Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will once again have the turkeys prepared by the chefs at the Knights of Columbus on Gillionville Road.
“God didn’t say, ‘Just feed people on Thanksgiving,’ ” Appollonio said. “We feed people all year long and could use all the help we can have from generous people.”