Beach Police Deliver Turkey Dinners

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PANAMA CITY BEACH Panama City Beach Police Officers are making sure 100 local families will have a turkey dinner on their table this year.

They've had some help from beach area middle schools, where students have been collecting non-perishable foods, and Walmart supplied the turkeys.

Panama City Beach Police have been sponsoring this project for 25 years.

Monday morning, Panama City Beach Police packed up about 100 turkey dinners, complete with sides, drinks, and dessert, loaded them into a fleet of police cars and delivered them all to their list of Panama City Beach residents.

Panama City Beach Resident Matthew Rigsby admits, "Some people can't afford thanksgiving, you know? So they reach out to other people. You ask for help. So it means a lot. Really. It means a lot to me and my family."

This is the second year Officer Daryl Miller has volunteered.

He delivered 14 baskets Monday morning to 14 lucky families.

Officer Miller says, "The best part of the day for me was just getting to meet the people. It's nice to see the look of happiness and thankfulness on their face."

Panama City Beach Police Officer Shaun Maguadog says,"Growing up I didn't have a lot of money. There was six of us and one mom, and we relied on the community to help us out especially during the holidays. Now that I'm grown and I'm a father, I like giving back to the community in the same way that I received it as a child."

Chief Drew Whitman says, "This is the one time of year when they can see we actually want to be their friends you know. We want to give back, we want to help them."

"They're always here to help you, you know. They're not always there to put you in harm's way."

Beach police are launching their season of giving events, which includes Sunday's Toys for Tots run yesterday, raising more than 300 toys.