Greenville Cops and Barbers program donates nearly 200 turkeys

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - It wouldn't be Thanksgiving dinner without turkey and thanks to one local police department, nearly 200 families will now be able to enjoy the holiday staple this week.

On Tuesday, the Greenville Police Department held their second annual Cops and Barbers Turkey Giveaway, distributing turkeys donated by the public to families that need it most.

This year, a total of 13 barbershops from the area took part in the giveaway. They all met at Rodney's, off 14th Street, where each one was given 15 turkeys to distribute to the patrons of their shops that needed it most.

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman says the program offers a great chance for the police department to show the community that they care.

"It actually shows the people in the community that the officers are willing to give back to the community and through our partnership," says Eric Barnes, one of the barbershop owners.

"You know, anytime you can give back it connects law enforcement with the community, it's just seeing police officers in a good light," Holtzman says. "Today we're doing that through our Cops and Barbers program."

The turkey giveaway is made possible through the work of the Cops and Barbers program, which is an initiative that links more than a dozen area barbershops with police officers in the hopes to create strengthened relations between police and the community.