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LMPD's Major Crimes division delivers turkeys to homeless vets

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police were on a mission Tuesday. It wasn't a dangerous one, but it was pretty important to a lot of people.

Turkey delivery.

"They are for veterans everywhere, from Afghanistan all the way back to the Vietnam conflict," said Sgt. William Hibbs, with LMPD's Major Crimes Division.

It started with a roll call for members of LMPD's Major Crimes division.

"We're going to load it up, everybody out there is going through a transition right now, and we are going to instill a little bit of tradition back in their lives," Sgt. Hibbs said.

Armed with a truck full of food, officers headed to Interlink Counseling Services on Preston Highway.

"One hundred and twenty-five turkeys," Sgt. Hibbs said. "Individually, we have the bags wrapped 125 also, we had four boxes extra...assorted with canned goods and boxed foods," said Sgt. Hibbs.

The food will provide Thanksgiving to dozens of homeless veterans like Navy veteran James Wilks.

"I was in the U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, stationed over in Japan for three years," said Wilks.

Since coming home, Wilks has had some struggles.

"It took me a while to, to, realize that I needed help, and I got evicted from my apartment," he said. "I didn't know what to do."

But these days, he's back on track, feeling good, with his table covered with food as a reminder that people do care.

"This is probably going to be the best Thanksgiving I've had in a while," said Wilks.

Former Miss America Heather French Henry is commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Veterans Affairs and helped connect LMPD with Interlink.

"To be able to get this type of compassion from the community means a lot," said Henry.

"You know, I tell children all of the time a simple thank you is great, but when we can really fundamentally do something that makes a difference in their quality of life...." she said.

And for police, it's not only a change of scenery, but also "mission accomplished."

"When we are leaving the office, it is always in response to something horrible or critical, so this is a really good day for us," said Sgt. Hibbs.

This is the fourth year of the partnership between LMPD and Kentucky Harvest and every year, they target a different organization.

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