PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A group of police officers are thanking a mosque for serving them a hot meal before starting a hard day of work.
Officers in Philadelphia were treated to French toast, hash browns, fruit and a side of turkey bacon Sunday.
“We mentioned it on a Friday prayer last week, and everybody’s here doing it. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these officers here that protect us,” Ozzy Khalil told WTXF.
Eight hundred police officers showed up to the event that was held before Philadelphia’s 25th annual Puerto Rican Day parade.
“An officer stopped me in court and said hey you know that’s the first time I ever got fed a hot meal before I went out on an event? So it sets the tone for the whole day,” District Cpt. Mike Cram said.
Organizers of the event hope that it helps build bridges between two groups who have a lot in common when it comes to being defined by the badge, or the place you worship.
“This is a good way for them to show people do still care out there,” said Khalil.