COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla._The Comanche County Sheriff's Department took to the streets to hand-deliver turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Sheriff Kenny Stradley begins his holiday preps at the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Lawton each year. The week before Thanksgiving, he places his delivery order and his deputies and volunteers start their rounds. They went to homes in Lawton, Cache, Geronimo and Indiahoma. This marks the 28th year the department has delivered turkeys throughout the county.
Sheriff Stradley says even after 28 years, this week never gets old because of the looks on the faces of those who open the door.
"We built the department on that. We care and this is what we do, so it's really neat to come to these people's houses and some of them just breakdown and start crying," Sheriff Stradley said.
A woman in Cache was brought to tears because she can still celebrate Thanksgiving with her 12 grandkids. She has big plans for how she will dress that bird this holiday.
And in each part of the county, the mood was the same...thankful. It's a feeling that Sheriff Stradley says is irreplaceable
"The thing about it is when you help others it makes you feel so good," Sheriff Stradley said.
Sheriff Stradley is encouraging the community to give back on Thanksgiving and going forward.