Police prepare Thanksgiving meals for Eugene veterans

Police officers are cooking up and delivering Thanksgiving meals for 25 local veterans. The boxes will be packed with a full Thanksgiving meal of turkey, sides even dessert. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Police officers are cooking up and delivering Thanksgiving meals for 25 local veterans.

The boxes will be packed with a full Thanksgiving meal of turkey, sides even dessert.

Each package is hand decorated by local elementary school kids, writing out holiday wishes to the vets.

“Most of the really great things about our lives here in America is due to the sacrifice and the hard work of our veterans and most of that hard work happens behind the scenes and out of view so this is one way we can acknowledge what they do,” Officer Joe Kidd said. “Particularly the families who are in financial need, we try and reach out to them and do something meaningful to them on Thanksgiving morning.”

They've partnered up with Stephen Sheehan of Elkhorn Brewery to do just that.

“It's not about us, it's totally about the veterans and when you're able to go Thanksgiving day and see the faces of these people that are not as fortunate as we are, then you feel the true meaning of thanksgiving,” said Sheehan said.

For Sheehan, it's all about helping neighbors in need.

“My wife and I feel like we own a business now, we kind of have a platform and we're doing well because of the community so we want to give back to the community,” he said.

It's a community filled with veterans like Robin Brown, whose catering company lends a hand.

“I understand where these guys are coming from because I've been there so it's very cool to be able to feed them," Brown said, "feeding their souls not just their bodies and even if it is just one meal out of the year, it's a very important meal."

All the meals will be hand delivered by police officers on Thanksgiving morning.

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