WESTFORD — The Westford Police Department, in partnership with the Littleton Police Department, hosted a community cookout at Westford Academy on Saturday.
Participants included the Community Wellness Department, Good Pickin’ Farm, Westford Rotary and Foster MA among others.
Organizers say they wanted to “bring the community together” by including faith-based organizations.
“[We wanted] to be more inclusive. Our residents go to different places of worship,” Lt. Brian Gendron, one of the event’s organizers, told WestfordCAT.
Gendron says he was able to speak with “every faith organization” in Littleton and Westford.
“We [even] reached out to places in Lowell, Chelmsford and Groton. I spent a day driving to every place I could in an eight-hour span,” he said.
The event hosted a food truck from Augusta Market and a petting zoo from Good Pickin’ Farm.
Faith and Blue is a national program created by MovementForward, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to “finish the work of building the ‘Beloved Community’ envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
The event aims to facilitate “safer, strong, more just communities” by partnering local law enforcement with faith-based organizations.