Kiest Park area neighbors wanted to do something for the Dallas Police Department’s Southwest Division, which lost three officers in the July 7 shooting Downtown.
They started raising money about three weeks ago with plans to put on a buffet for the officers. They’d raised $400 when Raising Cane’s on South Hampton at Wheatland volunteered to provide the food.
Neighbors had raised about $400, says Judy Brooks of the Kiest Park Community Group Neighborhood Association. So she approached Cretia’s and Emporium Pies, with the idea to buy desserts. But then those establishments decided to donated sweets instead.
Those donations, plus neighbors’ homemade desserts, resulted in two huge spreads for officers, and volunteers served food at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. With the donated money, neighbors bought a truckload of Gatorade for the division, which has about 300 officers, and the remainder will be donated to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Here is Brooks thanking the officers before lunch Wednesday: