Dozens of senior citizens in the City of Cleveland will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the efforts of the Cleveland Police Department and other city employees.
Police officers on Wednesday morning began their annual deliveries of food boxes to 88 homes in the area.
The Christmas food delivery program was started several years ago by Police Chief John Foster. He said it's a popular holiday event with Cleveland officials as well as businesses who donate to the program.
"It seems to put a little joy in the hearts of those who receive the boxes," Foster said. "A lot of our senior citizens are forgotten about. They seem to just be kinda left out and they are really happy when we show up and bring them a Christmas dinner, so it's a really joyful time for them."
Lt. Donna Sims said it's a special part of her Christmas
"Oh, it just warms my heart and so many people donated their time and effort. I just appreciate everything that everyone has done," Sims said.
City Clerk Connie Tracas shared a story about when city officials were gathering items for the food boxes, saying a young clerk at one of the stores asked what they were doing. After they explained, the clerk commented "I didn't know there was any good people out there."