MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — The Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association brought hot Thanksgiving dinners to officers who are working through the holiday.
This is the eighth year the citizens police association has partnered with local businesses to set up these serving lines at the Myrtle Beach Police station.
“We provide a nice traditional hot meal for our hard-working Myrtle Beach Police Department staff and officers because they don’t get to spend time with their own families on this day," said Barbara Prescop, a member of the association.
She said this allows younger staff, who don’t have family in the area, an opportunity to enjoy the holiday with their family in blue.
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“It’s awesome to have a family here that we can come and like celebrate with, so to have them do this for us is amazing," said a dispatcher at Myrtle Beach Police Dept.
A lineup of thanksgiving classics like sweet potato casserole, turkey and pumpkin pie arrived hot and ready for officers to enjoy on their break.
Prescop said, “It’s wonderful food. It’s Simply Southern, Dickey’s, Big Mike’s, Golden Coral.”
She explained the community support from these restaurants makes this a possibility.
One officer said, “Thank you to the businesses who also donated the food that made it possible for them to do it too.”
All of these officers said if these meals weren’t brought in, their thanksgiving dinner plans would be very different.
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“I’d be driving through McDonald’s picking us up something. I don’t know what’s open on Thanksgiving, but honestly, I don’t know," one of them explained.
“Unfortunately, Chick-fil-a is closed today. That was my second option, I found that out the hard way.”
The officers said they’re thankful for the volunteers at the association and the businesses who donated food.
“We appreciate them for coming out and taking the time and making the food and bringing it here for us. We really appreciate it," said one of the officers.
The association also provides meals for officers and staff on Christmas.