By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 15, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thursday, Thomasville Police officers and Thomas County deputies fired up the grill for their 18th Annual Law Enforcement Good Will Project.
"I noticed they were fixing it so I said I want to stop and help," said Clara Rankin, a resident buying a plate.
Every year, the cookout raises thousands of dollars to help local families in need.
"We're going to do our part and do all we can to come together for a good cause and go bless these children in need," said Maj. Wade Glover with the Thomasville Police Department.
The money raised helps law enforcement purchase gifts for children in need around the holidays.
"We've actually taken the presents to the kids and to the families. To see the smiles on their faces when they know they're going to have something under the tree, makes it worthwhile," said Lt. Tim Watkins with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
Residents were happy to purchase the barbecue plates and help support a good cause.
"I think it's nice. I think it will help the younger people, as well as the older people not be afraid of law enforcement. It will help them get closer, like a bonding," said Rankin.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., lines wrapped around the Justice Center with people picking up more than 1,200 meals.