HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Thanksgiving is about more than just eating turkey. It's about thanking those who make a difference in our lives. For some, that effort is something that often feels unrecognized.
"Right now it's not the best time to be a police officer across the country," said Dylan Lanier, a High Point police officer.
On Thursday, community members showed their support to the High Point Police Department with a side of potatoes, gravy and biscuits.
"There is much more food then we could've ever imagined and it's all in an effort to feed the police officers who are on duty tonight," said Diana Hurt, a community member who contributed to the meal. "They are not able to be home with their family so we are just hoping to provide a meal for them."
Three businesses and around two dozen people donated food. Officers were able to enjoy the meal in between shifts.
"This is just our opportunity to let them know that we love them and let them know that we care about them and we need them," Hurt said.
Around 50 children in the area wrote the officers "thank you" notes. The letters were displayed at the Thanksgiving feast.
"Here in High Point, I feel like the citizens care about us and look out for us," Lanier said.