Collectively we were looking for an organization that really had a big impact on local law enforcement families. As LEO families, supporters and Pro Police business owners we all know the dangers NYPD officers face on a daily basis. Now more than ever these officers need our support both on and off the job. NYPD With Arms Wide Open is a unique organization that provides a place for officers of all ranks, and their families, to attend meetings and discuss issues they are facing as parents and caretakers of children with special needs. Many of these children require specialized durable medical equipment, extensive physical therapy sessions and extended hospital stays. Insurance only goes so far. Many of these essential needs come with a hefty out of pocket cost. NYPD With Arms Wide Open steps in to help fill the gap. Families are never required to pay dues, host fundraisers or donate so they rely on donations from supporters to facilitate this important work. While at work these parents are out on the front lines protecting the citizens of NYC. When they arrive home they step up as their childs' strongest advocate.
The following is a small excerpt on their mission statement:
"Born from the experiences of Police Officer Merritt Riley and his family, NYPD With Arms Wide Open answers the call to create a community for cops and their families with special needs children. Oftentimes the families with special needs children feel isolated and are searching for an organization that can address their very specific needs and issues. We help these families care for their children while navigating through the culture, complexities and dangers of being a member of the New York City Police Department."
If you would like more information on this organization please visit their site at: www.nypdwawo.org
Let's show these amazing families how much we appreciate and support them!