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Officers purchased turkeys to help support families in need

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Local cops are coming to the rescue of a food drive in distress.

For the third year, members of local law enforcement have donated turkeys to the Catholic Charities Thanks for Giving Turkey Drive.

Officers purchased 250 turkeys collectively to help support families in need for the holiday. 

It was a combined effort from Johnson City, Vestal, Endicott and Binghamton Police along with State Troopers and the Sheriff's office. 

Johnson City Police Association President Jody Kennedy says they do more than just respond to emergencies.

"What you see is camaraderie. Police officers, firemen we all work together we got each others backs. When we can come together as a group we can help more. Instead of one agency helping out we got everyone here. It just shows the public how much we care and how we work together."

Catholic Charities Manger of Emergency Services Mary Whitcombe says the local police departments have been a huge help with their annual drive.

She says time is running out to make certain everyone has a nice holiday.

"Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time where we are celebrating our families and communities. And there are people that won't be able to do that if we don't get these baskets."

Whitcombe says that right now they are well short of their goal of collecting 4 thousand turkeys.

They currently sit at a little over 1,200. 

Those looking to contribute to the drive can drop off turkeys or any other Thanksgiving fixings at the camper located outside the Vestal Wal-Mart from 6am to 8pm today and tomorrow. 

Those looking to make a monetary donation to Catholic Charities of Broome County can also do that on site or at CatholicCharitiesBC.org

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