Riverhead Police officers distributed turkey dinners and Christmas presents to families in need across town today.

Riverhead PBA members and their children met at the municipal garage this morning to pack boxes with turkeys, canned vegetables and gravy, potatoes, juice, cookies and candy canes for 16 families. Nine additional boxes filled with the same assortment of foods were packed up for delivery to a local food pantry.

Officers also delivered presents for several families adopted by the PBA this Christmas.

The charitable endeavor has been Christmas tradition for the organization for at least 20 years, said Officer Rich Freeborn, who serves as PBA secretary. Families are referred by local churches and live in all areas of the town, he said.

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