Veterans, police officers thanked at Christmas at the Park

Hundreds of visitors to the 2016 Christmas at the Park write personal thank you cards for local veterans and police officers.
Hundreds of visitors to the 2016 Christmas at the Park write personal thank you cards for local veterans and police officers.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – There was no shortage of holiday events to attend in the Summit City this weekend and among them was Christmas at the Park at Franke Park.

Christ Child Festival’s president Don Duff said they put on the event to kick off the holiday season and remind people not to not forget to keep the “Christ” in Christmas.

This year, they hope people will also remember to honor veterans and police officers. They helped that effort along by setting up two booths at the festival, one for veterans at the veterans hospital in Fort Wayne and the other for the Fort Wayne Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Hundreds of visitors to the 2016 Christmas at the Park write personal thank you cards for local veterans and police officers.
Festival organizers report that all 750 Christmas cards they bought for veterans were signed with personal thank you notes from visitors.

“We think the veterans aren’t being recognized enough and the same thing with our police men,” said Duff. “We feel the same way about our policemen. What we believe as Christians is that we need to reach out to everyone and our opportunity to reach out to the veterans is just fantastic here.”

Festival organizers report that all 750 Christmas cards they bought for veterans were signed with personal thank you notes from  visitors.

Every Fort Wayne Police officer and Allen County Sheriff deputy is getting a goody bag of treats with a handwritten thank you card attached.

More than 55 booths were at this year’s Christmas at the Park. Organizers said more than 10,000 people attended the two-day event this weekend.