WPD & Union Rescue Mission partner up to give back

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – About 100 meals were given away Tuesday morning through a partnership between the Union Rescue Mission and Wichita Police Department.

This is the 13th year the program has taken place, with officers on the force submitting names of families that may be in need and the Union Rescue Mission providing the meal.

“Today we’ll deliver about 100 meals to families in need here in Wichita and then we’ll repeat the process again at Christmas time,” said Dennis Bender, executive director of the Union Rescue Mission.

Inside the boxes, families receive a turkey, stuffing, vegetables, and even a holiday pie.

Officers like Walter Bautista have a personal tie to the program.

“For me, it’s a rewarding feeling. I believe in helping out the community,” said Bautista, “me, myself, I can remember an officer actually delivering a meal to my family, and I know how much that helped us out.”

He hopes to have the same impact on others as they receive the gift of a Thanksgiving meal.

“Never does it get old. I constantly look for people, when you look at their expression when they get that mean, it’s rewarding and that’s why I do this job. I’m here to help out as much as I can.”