The ingredients are simple (and sweet): a Lifesaver to remind you of the many times you’ve been one; Smarties to give you wisdom for those split second decisions; Hershey Kisses to show you our love; Gum to help everyone stick together; a Tootsie Roll to help you roll with the punches; a Peppermint Patty to help you keep your cool; Mounds to remind you of the mounds of courage you have; and Laffy Taffy to keep a smile on your face, laughter on your tummy, and love in your heart.
This is what a Survival Kit for Our Buddies in Blue is made of.
The Junior Service League (JSL) of LaGrange, Georgia prepared 140 candy-filled survival kits for members of the LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office. Officers, deputies, and jailors alike were awarded a bag of survival goodies as JSL showed their appreciation for their local law enforcement’s service and sacrifice.
“We saw that National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was January 9, so we decided for our service project for the month of January we would give back to our community and our Boys in Blue to make sure they take care of us every day,” explained JSL President- Elect Ashley Mayfield.
“Last year we focused on the flooding and Haiti and helped Hollis Hand a lot.”
But after such a trying, terrifying year for law enforcement nationwide in 2016, JSL wanted to start off the New Year right by supporting the men and women who protect and defend this community.
Ashley and her husband, Troup County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Mayfield, personally delivered the survival kits to the LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, January 27.
“I am thankful to the members of the Junior Service League for the thoughtful bags. We appreciate the continued support we receive from the community,” said Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff.
Sometimes, all it takes is a few pieces of candy wrapped in blue ribbon and a few warm smiles of encouragement from the public to let our law enforcement know how much they mean to all of LaGrange and Troup County.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer