Overland police and public works employees deliver Holiday baskets to needy families

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OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) - Police officers in north St. Louis County spent the day knocking on doors, but they weren't making arrests.

Police officers and public works employees were making deliveries to roughly 130 needy homes in the Ritenour school district.

It was truly a community-wide effort, starting with Ritenour students collecting cans of food, which then were sorted by volunteers.

Early Tuesday morning, public works employees loaded up their trucks with boxes, each containing enough for a Christmas feast, and then some.

Overland Police Chief Mike Laws says it's a fulfilling mission his officers look forward to every year, especially this year.  He explains, "Unfortunately, it's been a very trying time for the past few months in our area, and any time we can do something positive as a police department, we want to take advantage of that."

These moms and dads with hungry mouths to feed are grateful.  Nicole Valdez-Soto says, "It actually definitely does help, for the kids. They eat so much every day, they eat ten times more than they used to, so it does help."

LaTonya Bevly, a mom of four, adds, "We're going to have a blessed Christmas, yes we are."​