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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police in Pittsburgh spent their Thanksgiving delivering more than 3,200 meals to people in need throughout the city.

The service was part of the bureau’s “Get Stuffed With Love” campaign and this year officers delivered a record number of meals.

For Pittsburgh police sergeant Dawn Bowman, Thanksgiving Day brings a different duty: delivering meals as part of the annual Get Stuffed with Love Campaign.

“This year I get to do it with the girls,” said Sgt. Bowman, referring to her daughters who joined her for the meal deliveries. “It means a lot to me to share this moment with them to show them that you always give back to your neighbors, you care about them no matter what, especially on a holiday.”

Here is how many meals were delivered:

  • Zone 1 officers will deliver 340 meals.
  • Zone 2 officers will deliver 410 meals.
  • Zone 3 officers will deliver 1,372 meals.
  • Zone 4 officers will deliver 250 meals
  • Zone 5 officers will deliver 430 meals
  • Zone 6 officers will deliver 450 meals.

The annual event is a collaboration with area Rotarians, volunteers and Pittsburgh Police. It all begins inside the St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church on the South Side.

The volunteers start early on Thanksgiving morning. The food is prepared in the kitchen, packaged on these assembly lines and then delivered, by Pittsburgh police to those in need of a meal on Thanksgiving.

Volunteer and officers deliver a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

“We have turkey and stuffing and gravy and mashed potatoes and corn and cranberry sauce and then we have Jenny Lee bakery bread, which is amazing,” said Heather Dieckman, the chairwoman of Get Stuffed with Love told KDKA’s Lisa Washington.

Volunteer Katrina Luffey, whose mother Christine Luffey organizes Pittsburgh police officers who volunteer helped deliver meals.

“We’re helping people who don’t get the help and it’s nice to know that we’re making someone’s holiday,” Katrina Luffey said.

Karen Ray, who received meals, said she’s thankful she doesn’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner, after having hip surgery.

“I wouldn’t be able to, let me tell you, I couldn’t if I tried, so this is great, it’s wonderful that they do this,” Ray said.

It’s an act of kindness that filling to those who give and those who receive.

Lisa Washington