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Senior citizens in Holladay make care packages for local police

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Posted at 9:36 PM, Jul 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-31 23:36:43-04

HOLLADAY, Utah -- The recent killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge highlight just how serious tensions are between police and the public, and some ladies at Wellington Senior Living are working to cheer up local police.

The seniors delivered 80 candy-filled care packages to Unified Police Department officers in Holladay and Millcreek Friday.

The women worked on the packages for a couple of weeks, and they formed an assembly line to put them together.

"We decided we wanted to give support to the officers in the area and in the country, we know the concern of what's going on in the world, so we just wanted to share our support,” said Holly Smith, an activities director at Wellington Senior Living.

The women chose candy they hope will sweeten a typical day for law enforcement. Rosemary Yuhacz, a 94-year-old resident at the center, wants people to honor men and women in blue.

“I didn't notice any big change, they were always policemen,” she said. “Except when we saw them, we kind of revered them. I don't know if that changed now or not, but that's what we felt."