Riverhead police hands out food, presents to needy families

Riverhead police officer Ed Carey helps unload food Tuesday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)
Riverhead Town police officer Ed Carey volunteers Tuesday morning to prepare boxes of food for needy families. (Credit: Paul Squire)

There were 16 boxes in the Riverhead Town municipal garage on Tuesday stuffed with gravy, corn, apple juice, green beans, a bag of potatoes, and a 15-pound turkey, among other food fit for a holiday feast.

Riverhead Town police officers and their children were scurrying between the boxes and checking to make sure each one had at least one of every food. They also gathered donated gifts together.

By Tuesday night, those boxes of food and bundles of presents will be delivered to needy families across the town. The event is part of the Riverhead Police Benevolence Association’s annual holiday tradition.

“It’s good to give back to the community,” said PBA secretary and Riverhead police officer Rich Freeborn.

PBA president Dixon Palmer said the handful of town police officers in the municipal garage were volunteering their time. The boxes of food and presents will be delivered to 16 families chosen by the Riverhead School District and local churches, Mr. Palmer said.

Additional food will be donated to a nearby soup kitchen, he added.

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