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Businesses, neighbors feed CMPD officers working protests

(Michael Clark | WBTV) (Michael Clark | WBTV)

While Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police worked to keep citizens safe during several straight days of protests, area businesses and neighbors teamed up to feed them.

Wednesday, workers at Libretto’s delivered free pizzas to officers downtown and quickly realized there were a lot of hungry officers.

Customers started offering to add pizzas to their tabs. Workers later posted to Facebook and even more neighbors in the community started calling in orders. Libretto’s workers have been taking more and more pizzas each day as the grassroots campaign spread on social media.

“We’ve brought more than 200 so far, and it’s really appreciated. The looks on the officers faces has been worth everything,” said Andrew Woods, who works at Librettos.

Woods and other volunteers made several deliveries during the day, sometimes taking as many as four trips. He said people have also dropped off Gatorade, water, and snacks as donations.

“We’re not going to stop until all the officers get to go home to their families,” Woods said.

Other nearby businesses also helped add to the piles of donations.

Libretto’s has a location in the Epicenter, where businesses have had to close early because of the protests. Woods said everyone involved has been moved by the experience and were proud to show another side to what’s going on in Charlotte.

“Just having all the positivity in the middle of a lot of negativity, I think lets people know that Charlotte is a great town and the people in it are working hard to support the people who are supporting them,” Woods said.

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