Donations for cookout flood in, Wichita police thankful for support

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department said it’s thankful for the outpouring of support in preparation for Sunday’s community cookout.

Police told KSN News that numerous businesses and community members have stepped up and donated supplies for the First Steps Cook Out event.

“We are coming together as a police department, as a community,” said Wichita Police Officer Charley Davidson.

The cookout will be hosted by the WPD and local community activists.

“Just as a time to be able to communicate with one another, get to know each other, learn a little bit about each other and just spend some time and build relationships,” Davidson said.

Since announcing the cookout on Wednesday, police said people from all over the state have started pitching in to help.

“Whether it be financially or whether it be food, whether it be coming out to help us serve food, whatever it may be, it has just flooded into the Wichita Police Department,” Davidson said.

Wichita Wagonmasters is one of the organizations that plans to help out at the event.

“We have been told that we and some of the police will be cooking 2,000 hamburgers and 2,000 hot dogs,” said Wichita Wagonmasters member Jeff Dewey. “The number started at 1,500 and 1,000 and they bumped it up.”

Dewey said he is honored to help out with the event.

“It gives you a real warm feeling, a real sense of community,” Dewey said.

“The Wichita Police Department thanks the citizens of Wichita for this overwhelming support,” Davidson said.

The cookout is scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m. at McAdams Park. Police are asking people to use #ThatsmyWichita to share photos and comments during the event.

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