The Marana Police Officer’s Association donated 200 turkeys in time for the Christmas holiday last week.

Mario Williams, president of the association, said they were able to raise money throughout the year to provide the main course for needy families this year.

Through a partnership with Wal-Mart, Williams said they purchased the 200 turkeys and handed them out during a celebration that included Santa Claus at a local apartment complex.

Williams said the turkey giveaways started six years ago, where they were able to only give two turkeys away.

Williams said the organization is excited with how much the program has grown over the years, with more money being raised to increase the number of families receiving assistance.

Families who receive the turkeys are chosen based on need and income.

“We always make sure we get turkeys to those families in the most need,” Williams said. “We work with the food bank and St. Christopher’s Catholic Church to help find families in need.”

Besides turkeys, Williams said Santa was able to pass out some toys that were donated to the Toys-For-Tots program.

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