WINDSOR, Conn — Police officers in Windsor are working to make sure everyone in need has a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
Officers cooked turkey and all the fixings Wednesday to be delivered to dozens of people across town during the holiday.
"It’s been awesome to see it grow," said Windsor police officer Joshua Amaro.
An act of kindness that started with just two police officers in a small kitchen has grown into a bigger annual thanksgiving tradition.
"We would find there was a lot of people that needed food that didn’t have families so we started cooking for them," said officer Tyra Taylor.
For the seventh year, officer Taylor and officer Amaro are focusing on those people that may be spending Thanksgiving alone or can't afford a turkey dinner.
"I think it’s really important, there are a lot of families and a lot of people that are alone on the holidays, we see them every year and they’re asking, 'are you guys cooking again on Thanksgiving' because they have nowhere to go and they don’t have kitchens or stoves," said Taylor.
This year there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, including other men and women in blue, and their families. Even army recruits are providing extra hands.
"Being able to come together and having this family grow together as well it’s been great to see that," said Amaro.
"It’s been a really great experience for me to know that I’m actually helping for a great cause for people in need but promise you won't make me make the mashed potatoes," said Alex Amaro.
Around 60 plates are being stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all the sides, on the officers' own time and dime.
For the community, it's a reminder their local officers always have their backs.
"It's that extra hand that they’re getting and they see the police department in a different light with us coming together to help them have a plate and a warm meal for Thanksgiving," said officer Amaro.
All of the meals will be hand-delivered by the officers on Thursday to people in need just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
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