Sunday is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and MS Delta Back the Blue has deemed it the “perfect time” to show officers, whether a friend or family member, their hard work does not go unnoticed.
With that, the organization will officially kick off its “Adopt-A-Cop” campaign in an effort to demonstrate to those in law enforcement that their difficult work, sacrifice and risk are appreciated and should be rewarded.
MS Delta Back the Blue is soliciting help from the entire community — local people, families, businesses to help “Adopt” a Washington County police officer.
It’s goal is for each law enforcement officer to receive a personalized appreciation letter and a tangible gift around $25.
Those who are interested in adopting a cop can call, text or message MS Delta Back the Blue’s Facebook page and inform the organization of interest.
Interested participants will then be supplied with an officer’s name and shield number.
Upon receipt of the officer’s information, the participant will write him or her an appreciation letter or thank you note, donate $25 for the organization to purchase a gift for the officer (participant may request something special) and all the items will be brought to the local department and hand delivered.
Co-founder Debbie Lamberson can be reached at 662-820-0356 and co-founder Jennifer Lamberson can be reached at 662-822-8553.
“My son is a deputy sheriff and that’s why we started MS Delta Back the Blue — because of our love for law enforcement officers,” said Debbie. “We’ve been going strong for four years and we aren’t letting up.”
Debbie noted two years ago, because of the pandemic, the organization was not able to do any fundraisers.
That is how she and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Lamberson, came up with the “Adopt-A-Cop” idea.
“We had such a good response to that and many of the participants contacted me and wanted to know if we were going to do it again,” Debbie said. “We’ve had 14 officers to be adopted so far.”
MS Delta Back the Blue gave out goody bags to officers this past Christmas and some items were those that are not normally covered by budget.
The organization is also hoping to include more pieces for officers’ utility belts.
Donors are sometimes anonymous and are just as prevalent as those who disclose their identities, Debbie noted.
When asked about how serving her community by way of this organization and having others join in the effort makes her feel, she said, “It makes me feel wonderful,” recalling someone had recently hugged her and told her what a great job MS Delta Back the Blue is doing by getting involved, getting inspired and being the change.