ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- While many residents slow down for the holidays, hundreds of first responders were hard at work on Thanksgiving.
But Thursday, the St. Louis Police Foundation fed 700 men and women in uniform, as a way to say thank you.
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes; all the favorites are provided. Michelle Bagwell, Director of the St. Louis Police Foundation, says it’s all about bringing the feeling of home to those that have to spend the day away from it.
“I went through everything we get to do at home on Thanksgiving, so I got everything for them,” she said. “They come out every day, 365 days a year, so we felt like this was a great way to feed them and do something for them because they’re always doing stuff for us.”
The foundation works to give officers the tools they need to protect the city, and on Turkey day that means a hot meal.
There are three rounds of dinner being served, once at 11 am one at 6 pm and one at 11 pm.
Police Lieutenant Scott Aubuchon says officers appreciate the effort.
“It’s great for the officers,” he said. “It means a lot to them to come in on a day when they have to work on a holiday and there’s dinner prepared for them.”
And at central patrol, this thanksgiving meal brought a lot of smiles.
“We’ve got something for everybody and we have a lot of happy police officers!” said Bagwell.
The st. Louis police foundation will feed the officers again on Christmas day and New Years Eve.
Since it started in 2007, the foundation has raised more than $5 million to help the metropolitan police department.