Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief delivers turkey to family in need

MIAMI (WSVN) - The Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief put the “giving” in Thanksgiving when he distributed a delicious turkey to a family in need in Overtown.

In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett brought a holiday meal with all the trimmings to a family in need, Thanksgiving morning.

The juicy Butterball turkey was wrapped in bacon and came with the fixings on the side, ready for the family to eat.

“It’s really good from the heart to be able to provide that to our family and our students, so, today is about service,” said Moffett.

The school district chose the family in need who live in Overtown, and the family said they are thankful and ready to put it all to good use. “Well, I was surprised, but I was thankful for that, too,” explained one of the daughters.

The kind deed is also an effort to improve police relations with the community. “The law enforcement is there for them,” explained Moffett, “and you’re not just seeing law enforcement interacting with your negatively, it’s actually a positive interaction.”

The children said the chief’s actions have taught them a powerful lesson: always show gratitude, because you never know when exactly what you need will show up on your doorstep.

“To be thankful for what you get,” said another daughter. “It’s good to be thankful, because you’re thankful, but not everybody has everything that you got.”

“And I’m thankful for my mama!” said the little son, excited for his turkey dinner.

“I mean, we’ve all been there, at one point or not,” explained Moffett. “So, if we can support families out there and provide them with something here today, then hopefully in the future, as they get back on their feet, they can be able to provide other people.”

Thursday was truly a lesson in compassion from a top cop whose job it is to keep our children safe at school.

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