‘It Warms My Heart’: Latrobe Police Officers Help Distribute Easter Dinners To About 100 Families

‘It Warms My Heart’: Latrobe Police Officers Help Distribute Easter Dinners To About 100 Families

LATROBE, Pa. (KDKA) — Some Latrobe police officers helped local families prepare for a proper Easter dinner.


With coronavirus wiping out countless incomes, Latrobe Polie Chief John Sleasman and Community Support Officer Beth Straka decided to do something.


“I overheard a parent say they weren’t going to purchase a ham because ham is so expensive, and they could buy five other things with that money,” Straka said. “My wheels just started turning.”


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And the wheels led to 100 hams, 10 50-pound bags of potatoes and 10 50-pound bags of onions.


About 100 families who needed the help got a ham, vegetables and sides on Tuesday.


Local businesses and others who donated helped pay for it all.


“Some families are living day-to-day, those are the ones we want to help,” Straka said.


By noon on Tuesday, a line was forming.


Each vehicle got a box of food and some things for the kids.


“We’re also providing a packet with information on coronavirus,” Sleasman said.


“This is a wonderful experience. It’s kind and it’s thoughtful,” Melissa from Latrobe said. “It warms my heart because there are other people just giving.”