For those that don't know me, I'm a 23 year veteran with a local police department and nearly four years ago, I started a program that I began calling "Copsforkids". The mission, I thought, was simple. The goal was to get out there and have as much postive, contact interactions as possible with the kids and thier families within the community. I visit kids at the hospitals, schools, daycare centers, parks and I go to their sporting events, dance recitals, birthdays and all kinds of other stuff; I even started a bike program which includes a Copsforkids Neighborhood bike ride. Most all of what I do is on my own time and was intially spending a lot of my own money for supplies, small gifts for the kids and other things. The program quickly began growing faster than I ever anticipated. I began receiving an overwhelming outpouring of love for the program from the community. Last June, due to all the love and support, I decided to become a non-profit by obtaining a 501c3 status which would help make things run a lot smoother. Over the past couple of years, my department has graciously allowed me to use a squad car as a training tool / exhibit to take to the local schools, parks and other kid related events. However, due to current pandemic events, I'm extremely limited on its use at this time. I would like to take the next step in growing the Copsforkids program and I believe that step involves purchasing a vehicle that promotes the program and what it stands for. I'm looking at purchasing a "retired" police SUV (Ford Explorer or Chevy Tahoe). I'm also looking at having the vehicle wrapped in a Copsforkids theme, making the vehicle one of a kind in the community. This purchase would allow much better advsertisement of the program and freedom in its use, rather than relying on the departments squad car. I posted about this idea on Facebook and have been receiving a lot of encouragement to move forward with it... But as you all know this is a relatively new non-profit, so the programs current funds are extremely limited. I realize this is a major purchase and a big request for your assistance in helping make this a reality, but I also believe it to be a great investment for the future of this program! The amount I'm seeking to raise not only would cover the cost of a fairly decent retired SUV, with some necessary equipment already attached, but also for the cost of adding a Copsforkids themed wrap to it. Irregarless, if I reach this goal or not, I just want to thank you all for your love and support throughout these past few years. As I've stated before, y'all are the true angels behind this program and I definitely could not do what I do without you!