About two dozen volunteers at the Muslim Society in North Philadelphia recently cooked breakfast for police officers assigned to the city’s annual Puerto Rican Day parade.
Almost 1,000 officers dug into plates of French toast, eggs, grits and turkey bacon, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
"We want to let officers know that we do appreciate what they do, and that's why we're doing this today," mosque member Ozzy Khalil told the paper. “With what's going on in the world, in different cities, about Muslims, this is something different to show them this is what we're all about."
The mosque not only served breakfast before last Sunday’s parade, it also served as the police district’s temporary headquarters for the event.
District Captain Mike Cram said that the breakfast, which has become an annual event, has been much appreciated by the officers.
"About a month after the event, an officer stopped me in court and said ‘Hey you know that's the first time I ever got fed a hot meal before I went out on an event?’ So it sets the tone for the whole day,” Cram recalled of last year’s breakfast.