Officer uses own money to feed families on Thanksgiving

A police officer is using his own money to help the less fortunate in the Bay area.

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- A Bay area police officer is bringing joy this Thanksgiving to people in the community with money from his own pocket.

“We have frozen turkeys, sweet rolls, mashed potatoes,” says Officer L.E. Santiago with St. Pete police.

Santiago shopped ‘til he dropped.

“Just about all the fixins you’ll need,” says Santiago.

But none of this will be dropped on his dining room table.

“This right here is all my own money,” says Santiago.

Instead, he’s dropping it off to three families in need.

“I have some goodies for you,” says Santiago.

The Showalters' home is stop one.

But the Showalters are getting more than just food. Electricity has been shut off and her kids have had to stay at her parents' home.

So the Knights of Columbus council in Gulfport also presented a check to the family for $500 to help get power back on.

“I never dreamed of anything like this,” says a family member.

Next stop -- a family with 5 children at home.

And then there was the bright family, a single mom whose daughter suffers from epilepsy.



“Very thankful. I thank Officer L.E. for bringing it,” says Jeanine Bright.

“It’s coming into Christmas season working this job we come about families who are trying to get out of rut. This is one way that doesn’t cost that much to help families out,” says Santiago.

He says this is the reason for the season.


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