Wichita police officers help deliver meals to needy families

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police officers made all kinds of different stops on Tuesday, including giving Thanksgiving food boxes to families in need.

Felicia Adame and her family were one of about 100 families selected to receive meals.

She said, “I'm just really thankful and I like it. It's nice of you guys. I appreciate it.”

She said she now looks forward to the holiday. 

“I'll just cook for everybody and get along with everyone and be thankful for today.”

Delivering the food boxes is a longstanding tradition between the Union Rescue Mission and Wichita police. For the last 14 years, both agencies have been helping families during the holidays. WPD nominates families it feels need the meals the most.

Andrew Tapia is one of many officers today making deliveries.  

“It makes me feel very proud because this is one less thing they have to worry about this time of year,” she said. 

It’s a tradition that Officer Tapia hopes he can continue to be a part of.

“Giving back to these families is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Just to help someone out, it's a feeling I can't describe. I love helping people.”

The Union Rescue Mission and Wichita police will also make these special deliveries during Christmas time.

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