Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Police get to see the good, the bad and the ugly in our communities, but now they'll get to see smiling faces.
Thanks to the Greg's Groceries' partnership between Heroes in Blue and Harvest Hope Food Bank, officers have been given boxes of Thanksgiving meals to distribute to their communities.
"We received 85 boxes that will go to a designated community," said Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green.
The Lexington, Columbia and Swansea Police Departments were given a total of 145 meals.
"Most of the time in law enforcement when we go out to people's homes there's always something bad going on, so this is an opportunity for us to do a good thing, and that's what this is all about," said Swansea Police Chief Clif Hayes.
Greg's Groceries is named after Greg Alia. He was a Forest Acres police officer killed in the line of duty two years ago. His wife, Cassy Alia, created Greg's Groceries in his honor. The initiative is a joint effort between Heroes in Blue and Harvest Hope.
Jamie Peebles with Harvest Hope says they were all too happy to help.
"It's always terrible to think about a kid coming home and see all the commercials on TV with the giant turkey and they may not have anything so having the opportunity to help is just amazing," Peebles said.
Alia says seeing the officers swoop in and save Thanksgiving would make Greg proud.
"Greg loved superheroes," Alia said. "I hope he feels like a superhero each time a box goes out."