Thanks to the Nashville Predators and the Metro Police Department, today's Thanksgiving meal is about to be the best yet for 30 local families.
Preds players Ryan Johansen and Matt Irwin, as well as a number of officers from the West Police Precinct, hit the streets on Tuesday to deliver turkeys and all the fixings so that those in need could prepare a feast to celebrate the holiday.
"We've been lucky to have a Thanksgiving dinner growing up, and for the families and people we've met today that aren't as privileged as we are, it's cool we're able to come here and provide and brighten their holiday up a little bit more," Johansen said of the now annual event. "It's been awesome."
It was quite a surprise for those who weren't expecting it, and the gesture moved some to tears. In the case of the Metro officers, it's just part of their desire to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.
The neighborhood that received the dinners on Thursday has seen crime rates reduced dramatically due to programs that have been instituted by officers from the West Precinct. The goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most.
Thanks to the police and the Preds, there is plenty to be thankful for this year.
"Rain or shine, we're just happy to be able to come here and put smiles on everyone's faces," Johansen said. "It's been pretty impressive what the Metro Police have been doing in these communities, and how they've handled building relationships with everyone living around here. It's been cool to get to know them and see the relationship between the people here and the police, and it's been a great day for us."
Video: Players deliver Thanksgiving turkeys