MPD Officers Help Deliver Thanksgiving Baskets

(Memphis) Volunteers from more than 40 companies packed up and delivered 1,350 thanksgiving baskets as a part of Feed the Needy Tuesday.

This is the organization’s 19th year.

“The strength of this program, the integrity of this program, the structure. It’s effective, and to have 40 stakeholders and these individuals are sticking with the program itself. I think it says an awful lot,” said Feed the Needy Chaplin Pastor James Kendrick.

Each recipient received two boxes: one with perishable and the other with non-perishable items.

Dozens of Memphis Police officers were on hand to deliver the baskets to houses and nursing homes.

“Fixed income and don’t have no help, so this is great,” said 76-year-old Arlene Crews as officers delivered her food.

One recipient, 99-year-old Annette Battie, received a basket for a fourth time.

“She moved in with us. They’re full of great gifts — turkeys and stuff and all the fixings and stuff to make desserts, just a complete meal,” said Battie’s niece, Tina Quatlebaum.

Once the baskets are given out for this year’s program, organizers will start planning for next year.

Recipients are determined by several community programs and Memphis Police officers who come in contact with those in need.

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