National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is a chance for all of us to show our appreciation and respect for the officers that put themselves in danger for the sake the community. In Farmington Hills, Michigan, a librarian, Jennie Willard, has honored our officers every year with her program “Operation Goody Bag.”
This was the first year that Willard planned her special operation around National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, having young children decorate and fill paper bags with gifts and “goodies” to give to police officers and firefighters.
“I like doing these things with kids. We normally see people at the worst (time). It’s good to see them in a positive (situation),” said Firefighter Robin Chevrette.
Willard came up with Operation Goody Bag three years ago after doing a similar program for troops deployed overseas.
“We’ve got our heroes right next door,” she says. “They’re out there on our streets while we’re safe in our homes. It’s a good time to thank them.”
“It’s great to see the community loves us, because we love them,” said Sgt. Brian Moore.