McAlister's Restaurant holds Fundraiser for Officers Families

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Some turned to comfort not just to cope but to help the families of the fallen officers. McAlister's deli served up the staples and a portion of each purchase for the Fallen Officers Benevolence Fund.

"The support is worth more than the money is I think," said Shaun Bateman, who went in to eat and to support the families.

An assembly line in the kitchen fed the men and women waiting patiently in line, to help those who put it all on the line.

"Just looking at the crowd, like you said more than a week later people are still coming out they still feel the pain, and it's not going to go away for a long time," said Sheriff Mark Donaldson, Ector County.

The Sheriff and many from OPD catered to the community in a whole new way, to raise tips and their spirits.

"The first few days after it happened it was hard to get back to work, and get into the groove of things, so it is nice to get out, and not think about it," said Corporal Jamie Brown, OPD.

Many in the community said it was a chance to be a part of something bigger.

"The human kindness does more than anything to me. That says it all right there when you love people enough, even though we don't really know, know them. In our own way and in our hearts we know them," said Carolyn Bowen, who ate diner with her family at Mcalister's Monday night.