Making Christmas a little brighter – with a lot of ham

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A lot of people got a visit from Guntersville Police officers and the Mayor, but it's not what you think.

There were quite a few hams exchanging hands in Guntersville Tuesday morning. "Just short of a thousand. That's a lot of ham," Davis Lee says.

He owns Davis Lee Companies, and those hams were bought through his company.

The hams aren't staying there though. "This is the one time a year that we like to acknowledge our good fortune and then help those less fortunate," Lee says.

The hams are passed from hand to hand, from truck to car. They're getting ready to make a trip to various communities across Marshall County.

There are several people helping out, including Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar.

Also in the mix of hands are blue suits and shiny badges - belonging to officers with the Guntersville Police Department.

The officers are working on something Lieutenant Mike Turner says they're happy to do. "Here at the Police Department we're just glad to have the opportunity to help some other people at Christmas. We look forward to it every year," Lieutenant Turner says.

Once the hams are loaded the trip begins.

Everyone takes off in different directions, heading for separate locations.

Then comes several knocks, the turn of a door handle, an exchange, and a smile.

Each exchange is a bag full of a wish for a merry Christmas.

From one hand to another, it's an act to make the holidays even brighter.

And why do it? Simple. "It's Christmas. Just Christmas," Lee says.

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