Greenville Police provide holiday meals

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) The Greenville Police Department handed out meals to families and seniors at two different holiday meal events Thursday.

Officers served up lunch at the Drew Steele Center to 150 seniors at the Greenville Human Relations Council annual Christmas luncheon.

Joyce Mitchell, Greenville Human Relations Council Chair says, "We want people to know although they may be seasoned in their ages, we still love them, we still care about them and we're concerned about their general welfare."

Officers also packed 100 meals at Greenville Toyota, which donated the food, and then delivered the meals to families in need.

Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman says the events are a way to get to know the people they serve He says, "Instead of showing up on a bad day you know most people will not have an interaction with a police officer unless they're stopped on a traffic violation or they're having a bad day and they need to call the police to their house."

The police department also partnered with the Salvation Army to choose the recipients of the holiday meals.