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'To Protect and to Serve' gets new meaning in Madill

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Uniformed Madill police officers were the servers at Hobo Joe's. (KTEN) Uniformed Madill police officers were the servers at Hobo Joe's. (KTEN)
Proceeds from Pig Out with the Police enable foster kids to buy their own Christmas presents. (File/KTEN) Proceeds from Pig Out with the Police enable foster kids to buy their own Christmas presents. (File/KTEN)

MADILL, Okla. -- Madill police swapped their lights and sirens for drink trays and pizza Thursday to raise money for foster children to have a merry Christmas.

The officers became the wait staff at Hobo Joe's for the annual Pig Out with the Police event.

Through their efforts, 28 foster kids in Marshall County will get a holiday they may not have had otherwise.

"We chose foster kids because they normally have a bad experience with law enforcement when the police are coming to their house and taking them away from mom and dad," said Madill police spokesman Donny Raley.

It's the tenth year that officers have served drinks, taken orders and bussed tables.

"We'll be here from 5 o'clock until they close at 9," Raley said.

Madill police will take those foster kids shopping with the money raised Thursday.

"They just run through Walmart and throw things in the basket," Raley said. "We never tell them 'no' on anything unless it's going to be a safety issue for them."

Hobo Joe's owner, Courtnie Combs, said her restaurant is happy to be a part of it.

"We are a faith-based business," she said. "We believe that Jesus has called us to be the hands and feet, and this is our way to serve and give back to the community. It's what we love to do."

Raley said the lunch rush earlier Thursday was successful, and with other events happening in town, he says he expects the restaurant to be even busier for dinner.

"We have great support throughout this city," the police spokesman said said.

Police say tips you leave on the table will still go toward the normal wait staff, but there is a donations jar, and Hobo Joe's is also donating a percentage of what they make during the event.

Hobo Joe's is open until 9 p.m. Thursday.


Information about Pig Out with the Police

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