During what can be a stressful time of year, Forks police officers offered citizens a bit of holiday cheer by handing out turkeys instead of traffic citations Tuesday.

The department has connected with the community over the last few years through food banks and Thanksgiving dinners, but this is the first time the department has done a turkey handout.

Officers pulled over residents for minor traffic violations, such as a broken taillight, failing to stop at a stop sign, or having headlights turned off at night.

“You get some nervous people, but by the end, they have a huge smile on their face,” said Michael Gentry, one of the officers who participated in the handout. “Some may have been down on their luck, and they were happy to receive something of that extent.”

The department handed out 10 turkeys total. If you’re driving through Forks around the holidays, pay attention – Gentry said the department may continue the turkey handout in the future.

“With our job, 90 percent of it you’re dealing with people in their worst situation, their worst day, so it’s nice to be able to deal with them in a positive manner,” Gentry said.

Forks isn’t the first police department to come up with this unique gift idea. Last week police officers in Fort Worth, Texas also handed out turkeys instead of citations.