Donations distributed Thursday for the annual “Operation Joy” in Corbin

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Students at the Corbin Criminal Justice center donated turkey baskets to area law enforcement, as part of their 6th annual “Operation Joy”.

They say 87 holiday turkey baskets/96 turkeys  were donated to local , state, and federal law enforcement officers to distribute to needy families in the community in the Tri-County area-Laurel Knox, and Whitley county.

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“The program teaches our Criminal Justice students that law enforcement plays many different roles in the community,” Criminal Justice Teacher Tackett Wilson said. “Of course, the main purpose of the project is to give back to the community during the upcoming Christmas Holiday season. It teaches the students the core values of helping those who are less fortunate.”

The Criminal Justice students met with numerous area law enforcement officers at the Corbin Area Technology Center on Thursday morning to help load the baskets into the cruisers.

They say the baskets were complete with a turkey, stuffing, vegetables, and drinks.

The Criminal Justices classes consists of  students from Corbin, Williamsburg, and Whitley County High Schools.