Armed with snacks, sandwiches, and smiles, a group of about 20 women dropped by the Springfield Police Department headquarters on East Chestnut Expressway on Tuesday to deliver a little payback.
“Know that every time you guys get in that car, any interaction that you guys deal with, that you guys are in our prayers so very much so,” Jennifer Colwell said to the officers.
The encouragement came as the men and women in uniform were just settling in for their daily briefing at the start of their shift; their badges were adorned with black mourning bands honoring the five officers slain in Dallas and reminding all of us the perils they face in the line of duty.
“We deal with people at their worst times. Obviously, something tragic has probably happened for them to call us. And so for us to feel that love from the community–that’s worth a lot,” explained Sgt. Tonya Price.
The gesture, added Sgt. Price, made the officers feel loved, appreciated, and prepared to go out to help the community.
The women who made the dinner possible are part of a group started last year called More Wishes and Hugs. “Our goal is to go out into the community and do random acts of kindness,” said member Janet Reid. “We want to dispel the negativity that’s out there because every time you turn on the news it’s sad and scary.”
At least twice a month, they’re out spreading joy. The goodwill they showed on Tuesday came at a time when police could use the support. “Not only do you have us ladies here, but you have the whole community of Springfield standing besides you guys,” said Colwell.
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