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Cairo first responders donate Christmas dinners to area families

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -

First responders in Cairo, Illinois have teamed up with the community to donate Christmas dinners to area families in need this season.

The Cairo Police and Fire Departments collected nearly $400 to purchase turkey dinners for 20 families in need this season.

Families signed up and were randomly selected to receive the boxes full of food items.

Officers and firefighters hand delivered the items to each of the winning families on Monday.

Officer Katisha Ray with the Cairo Police Department said it was heart-touching experience to giver back to her community.

“The responses today were just breathtaking. I mean the responses, how the kids felt, it just blew my mind," Ray said. "They were so happy to have those dinners. Some parents even stated that they didn’t know what they were going to do. But just by receiving that they were going to have a Christmas dinner and that just touched my heart.”

“It feels good to see the community just coming together and everybody just joining together and help out," Ray said.

Shayla Brooker's family received a food box. Brooker is a single mother living in the McBride housing complex. She said the donations will make her families Christmas dinner something special.

“More than you can ever imagine. I have been trying  my best to make sure my kids have a wonderful Christmas," Brooker said. "I’ve been blessed so far and this is such a blessing… I am just overwhelmed right now.”

“I didn’t really have enough for Christmas so I was just going to have a little small dinner and just are love and happiness.”

Brooker offered many thanks to the City of Cairo and its first responders.

“You have given this single mother hope and happiness and joy," she said. "And just the love and warmth in my heart and I just thank ya’ll so much.”

Officer Ray said area churches and community members helped to make the program a reality.

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