Northeast Tarrant

Justice, 11, picking up lunch tab for Keller, Grapevine police officers

Justice Manning, 11, of Saginaw sits on the diving board of her grandparents’ pool in Keller Thursday. Manning is having a birthday party at the pool on Saturday but instead of asking for presents she would like for her friends to bring desserts or money donations for lunch for the Keller and Grapevine Police Departments. Manning's father is an officer with Grapevine police.
Justice Manning, 11, of Saginaw sits on the diving board of her grandparents’ pool in Keller Thursday. Manning is having a birthday party at the pool on Saturday but instead of asking for presents she would like for her friends to bring desserts or money donations for lunch for the Keller and Grapevine Police Departments. Manning's father is an officer with Grapevine police. Special to the Star-Telegram

What does 11-year-old Justice Manning of Saginaw want for her birthday?

Desserts and donations toward meals for Keller and Grapevine police officers.

That’s the plan for her swimming party Saturday evening at her grandparents’ home in Keller. She turns 12 on June 18.

She and her family will provide meals Sunday for Keller police and on June 25 for Grapevine police.

“I feel proud to do this,” Justice said. “And very happy.”

Justice planned it all by herself, but needed a little help from her family because she doesn’t drive.

“She came to me and said she needed to go to Spring Creek [Barbeque in Keller] and see if they could cater,” said “Grampy” Gary Grant of Keller. “I drove her, and they were more than willing to help.”

Justice has a special reason for wanting to help the police: Her father is Grapevine senior patrol officer Kevin Manning.

“I wanted to do this because lately there have been several police shootings,” she said. “And many people think very little of police officers. I thought this was a way I could help.”

Crys Manning, Justice’s mother, said she expects six to 10 of Justice’s friends to show up for the party Saturday, mostly girls and a few boys.

“We are going to have notepads so the kids can write notes to the officers,” Manning said.

On Sunday, the Mannings will pick up the barbecue and all the fixings from Spring Creek and take them to the Keller police station. They will do the same for Grapevine police.

Keller and Grapevine police are thankful.

“The fact that Justice, an 11-year-old young lady, is willing to forgo receiving gifts for herself to show support to our Police Department is heartwarming to say the least,” Keller police Capt. Tommy Simmons said Thursday.

Giving back to the community is nothing new for Justice.

Last year for her birthday, she asked her friends to bring food, toys and cat litter to be donated to the Humane Society of North Texas.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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