Riverhead PBA members packed up holiday dinner baskets and gifts Friday morning for 16 local families in need.
The police union members adopt families each holiday season. They buy age-appropriate toys and clothing, wrap the presents and deliver them to their adopted families along with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
It’s a longstanding Christmas tradition for the cops, said Police Officer Richard Anderson, who has been coordinating the effort for about eight years.
The officers assemble the dinner baskets and gifts at the town garage a few days before Christmas each year.
“It’s a nice surprise for the families, especially the kids,” Anderson said.
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