The community is banding together to show support to the men and women in blue. Today, COSTCO donated food and dessert to Mobile Police officers.

And it definitely put a smile on their faces. Some of them were heading home after their shift, others were just arriving, either way it was a pleasant surprise.

There were big smiles from officers finally, after days of tears. Today Costco donated food, water, and dessert to all 4 precincts of the Mobile Police Department.

"Their hearts are heavy today and we wanted to let them know that we're thinking about them. The last thing they need to be doing is thinking about food and water," said Sharon Summerlin, who organized it all.

Summerlin along with her daughter and son-in-law, made the deliveries throughout the city. We went along for the ride.

"We've got them some water, all their paper products, so no hand washing, no dishes for awhile. We've got cakes that's been custom made, done for them with the blue line. We've got cookie trays, we've got pizzas," she said.

She says Officer Sean Tuder was a loyal customer of theirs.

"90% of them eat here daily. We serve them for every day. Those are faces that we see here daily. Sean was in here twice a week and he's going to be missed. He was a friendly face. We knew him as an officer and we knew him as National Guard," Summerlin explained.

She said she can't mend their broken hearts, but she can help to put a little something on their bellies.

"We wanted to make sure they're covered and they know we appreciate them and our hearts are broken as well. This is our city," she said.

After working a long shift or gearing up to work one, the officers were happy to fill up.

"Gonna feed us good for the next few days," said one officer.

Summerlin says they plan to feed MPD all week. She's also working on a fundraiser for the Tuder family.

For more information on the fundraiser, click here.

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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