LONDON KY—On Friday, Oct. 9th the London Police Department received a call at 9 a.m. to visit First Baptist Church of East Bernstadt. When officers arrived, Pastor Norm Brock with church staff greeted officers with a large box of donations.
Packed inside large Ziploc bags were teddy bears, a fleece blanket, and a bag of gummy bears. The church’s project was sparked by Brock and London Police Sgt. Travis Hurley when Brock asked what the church could do to help the police department. Hurley mentioned that officers were running low on teddy bears to give the children who come into contact with them who may be dealing with a stressful or traumatic event. Soon after, with help from church volunteers, the project quickly became a reality.
Brock said First Baptist Church of East Bernstadt will help out local law enforcement any way they can while speaking with London Police Chief Derek House and Captain Darrell Kilburn, and the church will work towards making a Blankets & Bears donation at least twice a year. Brock stated that the church’s project inspired another church in Manchester, Ky. to also make a Blankets & Bears donation to their local law enforcement.
The Blankets & Bears bags will be placed in every London Police Department cruiser and will be distributed to all children that have been involved in car accidents, domestic disturbances, or traumatic situations. The London Police are very appreciative of the church’s community involvement to make a difference in children’s lives within London and Laurel County.