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A developing partnership between officers, caterers will serve up meals on Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, with many seniors staying safe in their homes and not gathering with families due to the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic, a turkey dinner might be hard to come by or not even in the cards. But a partnership between the Newberg-Dundee Police Department and It's Party Time Catering is attempting to change that.PMG FILE PHOTO - A local catering company is joining forces with the NDPD in delivering turkey dinners to seniors in the area.

The catering company approached NDPD with an idea to work together and deliver turkey dinners to seniors in the area. This came after the two entities partnered for a meal delivery program in June, and next week's delivery will take on an even greater significance during a holiday that will be largely thwarted by the pandemic.

"We participated in a similar event last June and it was very well received," NDPD Public Information Officer Brian Hagen said. "The whole event is filled with a positive vibe of selfless service and our officers appreciate the chance to be a part of that. Our senior population has taken care of all us for many years, so we join with the sponsors of this event in reminding them that we are here for them and care."

Officers delivered approximately 90 lunches in the area back when NDPD first partnered with It's Party Time in June. The organizers of the Thanksgiving delivery will provide officers with a list of recipients once it is finalized, and they will plan the logistics before heading out into the community to deliver turkey dinners with all the fixings.

Deliveries will be made with COVID-19 precautions in place, including mask wearing, social distancing and consistent handwashing from all officers involved. Hagen said he hopes the visits serve as some much-needed interaction for local seniors, too, who might not be able to be with their families on the holiday.

"There will be staff members from all parts of the police department, including Chief Kosmicki, out delivering a nice lunch and saying 'hello,'" Hagen said.

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