Local nonprofit collecting donations to provide Christmas meals for Bryan families
“I Heart Bryan” will supply 52 meals to Bryan ISD families.
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Bryan teacher Fabi Payton is the creator of “I Heart Bryan” a new nonprofit with the goal to grow relationships between the community and law enforcement.
Payton’s first event was held in September, “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” a talk and walk with Bryan Police officers.
“The perspective that we have of law enforcement and the relationships we have with law enforcement due to things that are happening nationwide, I found myself being in conversations that I just didn’t feel like we were headed in the right direction,” said Payton.
The next event on the list is Turkey 911. It’s where Christmas meals will be delivered to Bryan ISD families by Bryan police and Brazos County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
“I would bet those kids and those families receiving the meals, they’ll never forget that positive interaction with the police department. Anytime we can do that, it’s a big plus for us and a big plus for the community,” said Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske.
Efforts from Bryan councilman Prentiss Madison, Capitol Custom Tile and Always Cravin’ Pit BBQ will cover the costs of 52 turkeys and the time and space to cook them.
Payton says they’re hoping to raise more money to make the meal complete with sides.
“D’Vine Cuisine has pledged to cook for cost,”said Payton. “Fully cook all side dishes, their signature mac and cheese, green beans, glazed carrots, rolls and apple crumble to go with the turkey and everything will come packaged ready to go and COVID friendly.”
Donating $25 will provide side dishes for one family. Donations can be made by clicking here.
“Anything we can do to bring our community closer together is always worthwhile and worth doing,” said Payton.
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