A group made up of five Houston businesses continued its tradition of “feeding 1,000 police officers” a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 18 at a heretofore unused venue, the Houston Police Officers Union.
Although the specially sponsored event has been held for the past seven years at other HPD venues, this was a first for the Union.
Hans Schellsted, spokesman for the group, said the special Thanksgiving season gesture was meant to show community support for dedicated Houston police officers.
Schellsted provided details to the Badge & Gun.
“I can give you an overview of our commitment to HPD. I hope to lead this event for as long as I possibly can. I informed Chief Finner that taking action and showing the force that the community appreciates its service is the mainstay of our reasoning in providing these luncheons.”
“In past years, we decided that our focus on donations and support should go to HPD, Camp Hope, City of Splendora PD and other police and military services. In showing our appreciation, we have hosted Thanksgiving luncheons at the Southeast Station/Ley Road and moved on to the HPD Academy. We followed up this year by holding the luncheon at the HPD Union hall. ”
“We started off by feeding about 50 almost EIGHT years ago and this year up to 900, I am aiming to provide a meal for every officer of HPD next year.”
Schellstede further stated, “
Our sponsors will continue to grow and hopefully we can continue this event to be an integral part of every Thanksgiving.”
The sponsors for this event were as follows:
- MVLV, LLC. Business Partners Hans Schellstede and Clay Jones
- Svenco Sales, LLC. Owner: Sven Schellstede
- IER, LLC. Owner: Mike Wolf
- Wolf Security. Owner: Austin Wolf
- Mobile Energy Rentals, LLC. Partners: Johnny Johnson, Alex Chacara and Sean Johnson
“Our sponsors will continue to grow and hopefully we can continue this event to be an integral part of every Thanksgiving,” Schellstede said.