On January 9, 2017 people all over the United States will participate in Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). There is no parade or day off of work or school. Its just a day for us to say thank you to the men and women that put their lives on the line to keep us safe.
Last week I posted a photo on our Instagram page to let people know about L.E.A.D. 2017 and ask,
"How will you let them know you care?"
A friend of mine said her first thought was to bake some cookies for her local law enforcement officers, but had heard that home baked goods were no longer acceptable. So with just a week to go I thought it would be nice to make a list of some ways that others are saying thanks.
Try baking some cookies anyway! I told my friend it probably all depends on the baker, the officer and of course the cookies. However, if you are afraid they won't get eaten if they came from your kitchen try picking some up at the store. In fact there is even a movement to deliver baked goods to cops - check out Cookies for Cops on Facebook for some ideas.
Of course this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are thousands of other ways to say thanks besides these. Join The Blue Crew, wear a blue ribbon, have your kids make a thank you card and give it to the first officer you see, buy a cop's meal, pick up their bill at Starbucks, maybe even show up at the station and serenade them. The truth is anything will be appreciated.
If you have any ideas you think are creative and would like to share leave us a comment.