Photos: Police officers celebrate the holidays by giving back to their communities

Departments continue to prioritize those in need by providing free meals and gifts during the holidays


By Police1 Staff

It's that time of the year again – the season of giving – and there's no better way to end the year than by giving back to your community. Police departments around the U.S. continue to prioritize those in need by providing free meals and gifts during the holidays. In our roundup below, we feature a variety of ways departments are giving back this year.

If we missed your department's holiday tradition, email us at editor@police1.com.

Every September, Sheriff Troy Wellman of the Moody County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota starts growing a beard, which he paints white, so he can play Santa in area community gatherings, as well as house visits. This tradition stretches way back as Sheriff Wellman is on his fourth term as sheriff!
Every September, Sheriff Troy Wellman of the Moody County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota starts growing a beard, which he paints white, so he can play Santa in area community gatherings, as well as house visits. This tradition stretches way back as Sheriff Wellman is on his fourth term as sheriff!
Gastonia (N.C.) Police Assistant Chief Nancy Brogdon participates in buying gifts for the fifth-graders of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gaston at Shop with a Cop.
Gastonia (N.C.) Police Assistant Chief Nancy Brogdon participates in buying gifts for the fifth-graders of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gaston at Shop with a Cop. (Photo/Gaston Gazette via TNS)
Gastonia (N.C.) Police Officer Josh Lefevers participates in buying gifts for the fifth-graders of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gaston for Shop with a Cop.
Gastonia (N.C.) Police Officer Josh Lefevers participates in buying gifts for the fifth-graders of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gaston for Shop with a Cop. (Photo/Gaston Gazette via TNS)
First Responders Children's Foundation launches toy distributions in 100 cities across the U.S.
First Responders Children's Foundation launches toy distributions in 100 cities across the U.S. (Photo/First Responders Children's Foundation)
The Soledad (Calif.) Police Department works with various agencies to provide Thanksgiving meals to Soledad residents and the surrounding community needing food assistance.
The Soledad (Calif.) Police Department works with various agencies to provide Thanksgiving meals to Soledad residents and the surrounding community needing food assistance. (Photo/Soledad Police Department)

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