The team at Eagle Mountain Data Center in Utah hit the ground running in 2023. January began with a ‘Clean Out Your Closet’ clothing drive. Donations of clothes for babies, children, teens, and adults were plentiful. Filling six trucks, donations were delivered to The Road Home - Pamela Atkinsons Men’s Resource Center and The Road Home - Midvale Family Center. Both facilities house, feed, and clothe the homeless.
Participating as judges in the fifth and sixth grade STEM Fair at Hidden Hollow Elementary School, we got to see how much innovation and passion the kids put towards their projects. What an honor for us to be involved in such a valuable and educational event!
Moving into February, two shifts of volunteers did framing for Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers built and put up ALL the exterior walls, and one interior wall. The home is for a family of five with a daughter that has cerebral palsy and was unable to maneuver in their previous home. For Valentine’s Day, the project team wrote postcards for 300 terminally ill children at Primary’s Children Hospital. The event ended with more than 370 Valentine’s Day cards created for delivery to the children.
Completing the month of February, the team attended the annual Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S) Black and Blue Gala. Their mission is rebuilding the shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community. It was a very humbling event as the attendees listened to how Eagle Mountain police officer, Cory Wride, lost his life in the line of duty. It was a lovely way to show support and honor our people in blue. Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors. There is no membership fee to join, the price paid is already too high.