3 Inspiring Stories of Individuals Supporting Police
As public opinion of law enforcement wavered last year, local police officers need to see our support now more than ever before. Showing that you stand by police officers and the work that they do can be demonstrated in big or small ways. Whether it’s purchasing lunch for a police officer, resharing a positive story about your local police department, or just thanking a police officer while they are on the job -- every action goes a long way in boosting their morale and helping them see that there are individuals out there who believe in them and the work that they do.
If you need some ideas to help you get started, take a look at these inspiring stories of grateful citizens that have gone above and beyond in showing their support for local police:
Myrtle Beach Resident Donates Her Time Each Thanksgiving to Feed Police Officers
Barbara Prescop, a resident of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, donates her time each Thanksgiving to help serve a full holiday meal to the law enforcement officers and personnel. Prescop gives up her entire day to ensure each officer on every shift gets a big serving to show her gratitude for the work that they do. “That’s my payback—just watching them enjoy it,” Prescop said. “They appreciate it. We can tell it from the looks on their faces. And that makes us happy.” To learn more, you can read the full story here.
Citizen Vows to Give Every Police Officer from Local Department a Personalized Gift
A resident of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin decided to create a program to give back to police officers in a special way. After going on a ride-along with a local officer and realizing the kindness that they showed others, Bonnie Lemmer created the Boxes4BADGES program which gives every officer of the Menomonee Falls Police Department a personalized gift. These gifts can contain snack packages, gift cards, letters and more. Read the full story here.
13-Year-Old Raises $13,000 Through Hot Cocoa Sales for Family of Fallen Officer
When Max Titkemeier, 8, heard that a local officer from the Toledo Police Department was killed in the line of duty, he felt inclined to give back to the officer’s family during their time of need. He set up a hot cocoa stand with all donations going back to the officer’s family. Thanks to his determination and the generosity of his community, he was able to raise $13,000. To learn more about his act of kindness, you can find the full story here.
Take a moment to consider what you can do to show your support for your local law enforcement officers. Any act of kindness, no matter how big or small, truly goes a long way to show your police department that you value them and appreciate the courageous work that they do every day!