Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It has been quite a year for law enforcement officers and unfortunately the negativity is continuing. We are currently on pace to lose an average of 1 officer per day in 2015. It’s sickening and we need to make big changes. In honor of the 118 officers lost in the line of duty in 2014 I am committing with my family to complete 118 miles of activities in their honor. This includes running, biking, swimming, walking, rowing etc. We are all doing it together. I challenge you to do the same. We are late into January so this month may not be enough time, but keep going and complete the miles in honor of the fallen. Sidekick 1 wanted to participate so she helped kick it off with a mile of her own. She named the officers that she knows and loves throughout the run. We #runforthecops #runfortheblue #118for2014 #policelivesmatter #alllivesmatter #weseeyou. I would love to hear your participation in this as well by using the hashtags on social media.
I would like to take credit for this idea, however, it actually started with a 13-year-old girl. Here is her go fund me page where she is hoping to donate $100 per officer for ballistic vests for current officers. It’s a wonderful cause and you should check it out. http://www.gofundme.com/jkoro0
I am so thankful to the men and women in law enforcement who put their life on the line everyday to keep my family safe. I am thankful for their sacrifice, their tough skin, and their commitment.
I am also worried, everyday. The risk is so high right now. So although I think the above cause is a great one, I wish that those vests weren’t needed. If you want to make a real difference I encourage you to donate to the following causes. It would be better if we could remove the situations all together that put our officers in danger. I would love to see a focus on changing mental health support, and drug treatment options take as much as a focus by the nay-sayers as the training of officers. Here are some organizations to look into.
This is appreciation and support. This is a way to make a change and better the lives of not only the officers but our community as a whole.
I have personally seen the success of Wilderness Therapy Programs for addiction treatment. I would encourage you to familiarize yourself with the practice here: http://www.obhcouncil.com/ and donate to an organization committed to helping make these treatment options more affordable: http://loafund.org/. If this doesn’t interest you-find one of your own.
Then step on over and spend time researching and donating to mental health, where you can select and help in your own state at: http://www.nami.org/
Jump over now and check out youth support organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America at http://www.bgca.org/
Let me know what you do in the comments below. I would love to see some changes being made and if you have more ideas or ways to support, share those too. If nothing else, wear blue today and tell an officer that you appreciate their service. It will make a difference in their day and show them that the silent majority still supports them.
For the others: