Monday, September 26, 2016

Follow-up to "Thank A Police Officer Day on Delmarva" - A Community Project

Update from last weekend ~ I'm still collecting pictures and names and looking for photos but wanted to post and acknowledge some of the many people who were involved in Saturday's Thank a Police Officer Day on Delmarva.

The last few days leading up to September 17th were pretty awesome to see. The generosity of so many people, local businesses and organizations was incredible and it seemed as if as folks find out how to get involved, the more people join in. It was, from beginning to end, a true community effort.

A huge shout of appreciation to EVERYONE who participated and got involved. From the teachers who helped their students write letters to the police and the young people who worked hard on giant cards and goody bags, to all the folks who coordinated, set up card-signing stations, delivered, visited and in so many ways let our LEO's know that we care, we are so grateful to see the love and caring for our officers.

Secondly I would like to give a big THANK YOU out to all the wonderful local businesses across our area who supported this project and so graciously donated lunch, food trays, bakery goodies and more. Your recognition of our police was very appreciated and heartwarming and we are thankful that you are part of this community.

A few stats:
  • Almost 70 departments across Delmarva were visited
  • More than 1000 cards and posters were created and signed
  • Countless good wishes, handshakes and hugs were exchanged
  • Hundreds of people had the chance to meet & greet local LEO's
  • In Delaware, agencies in each of the three counties were thanked
  • In Maryland, the visits extended across the counties of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, Talbot, Dorchester & Caroline....and some beyond
  • In Virginia, where we don't know as many folks :/, there was a wonderful visit to the Chincoteague PD with an officer and the chief. (seriously....we don't have connections on VA's eastern shore....if you do, message us please!)
  • Numerous small businesses showed their appreciation
  • And best of all - even though we already appreciate you EVERY DAY - we got to meet countless members of our community to say thank those who serve and protect. You are the best!

A few special notes (If I leave someone out, please don't take it personally!): THANK YOU to the all of the Team Captains who made this happen, the The Original Greene Turtle in Ocean City for their amazing support of our law enforcement community, Surf Bagel in Lewes, DE members of so many organizations including Delaware Patriot Guard, Crisfield Academy & High School SADD Chapter, Hogs and Heroes Foundation, Inc. MD-8 and National members, Operation Yellow Spear and countless Celeste Ellis for the super fun twist on something cool we got to hand out to local PD's, Dawn M. Cordrey Hodge, John H Peterson, Heidi Lentowski and so many others for your tireless assistance.

There is an album on our Facebook page here and more images will be added shortly. If I DO NOT have photos of a visit that you would like to share, please message me through the page so they can be included.


P.S. It's a day - one date - which seems hardly enough to express our gratitude to all our men and women in blue. But it is, I believe, also the beginning of a movement towards standing up to back our LEO's. And as more of us show support for our officers, that example can become the norm in our communities. I ask you to please continue to acknowledge, respect and appreciate our law enforcement every chance you get, because they are the ordinary, everyday heroes of our towns, cities and neighborhoods.

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