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Linn County Deputies helping families, bridging gap between law enforcement and public

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

For twenty six years the Linn County Deputies and Dispatcher's Charitable Association has been helping families in need.

However recently, they've discovered yet another need.

"We know how much the need is," said Sharene Ottaway, president of the Linn County Deputies and Dispatchers Charitable Association. "Sometimes people don't always see police and law enforcement in a positive light.

Most of of the people Saturday in the Waypoint Services parking lot were retired and current deputies or dispatchers for the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Recently across the nation, there's been an unfavorable trust between the public and police officers. So this year they're not only giving boxes of holiday fixings, but hoping break the hostile faith many have in our police.

"We've had several people get out and hug us and tell us without our help they wouldn't be able to have as good a Christmas as they're going to have," said Ottaway.

The group gave more than three hundred, fifty-pounds to families, that's more than 15,000 pounds of food.

"I'm very blessed with the family that I have, and I want to give back," said Matt Ottaway.

He's been helping his aunt, Sharene Ottaway and other law enforcement workers with this project for the last 23 years.

Families that didn't have transportation to get a box, volunteers delivered them to their homes.

"You can tell in their faces you see them light up, knowing they're going to have a good Christmas meal," said Matt Ottaway.

The group also handed out food boxes for Thanksgiving and plan to distribute more for the Easter holiday.

In all, they hope to hand out close to 1,000 boxes.

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