HCSO’s Citizen Police Alumni, Explorers Take Time To Help Families In Need

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Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office storefronts, members of the HCSO’s Citizen Police Alumni (CPA)and members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program took time out of their Saturday morning to help make Thanksgiving a wonderful and memorable holiday for 55 deserving families in Harris County. The annual Operation Food Basket giveaway was underway and allowed Harris County officials and devoted teens an opportunity to give back to the local communities in which they live.

As Saturday marked the event’s tenth anniversary, the HCSO and CPA will provided food baskets to 55 underprivileged families that reside in Harris County. Each basket consisted of a turkey, desserts, beverages, vegetables and other food items.

Back in 2002, Deputy Grace Luna, received a call from an area school teacher asking her for help with a little girl who was showing up to school with ragged clothes. Upon delivering new clothes to the child Deputy Luna was made aware of other children who not only did not have clean clothes to wear but there was very little nutritious food for the children to consume. It was then in 2002 that Deputy Luna began the food giveaway.

Deputy Luna then enlisted the help of fellow storefront deputies and members of the Citizens Police Academy in preparing food baskets. What began as outreach to approximately seven families turned into more and more families added each year.

The program is made aware of deserving families by Deputy Luna receiving names of families from school counselors. The names of the families are compiled and efforts are made to ensure there is a tremendous Thanksgiving feast that awaits them, free of charge.

With generous donations from Walmart, Kroger, HEB and the East Aldine Management Team, this year’s food giveaway was a tremendous success. Members of the HCSO’s Explorer Program lent their hearts and hands to not only pack boxes but transport the food to the cars of the families. For the teens, it’s a mission they joyously participate in:

Check out pictures of this year’s successful operation here!

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