Operation Thank an Officer started out as a simple request by our President, Liz, for people to send in Thank You Letters for the officers in the Wright County, Minnesota Sheriffs Department. She was only requesting enough letters to give one or two to each officer, a small request that she thought would only bring in a few hundred letters. People from all over the state came together and by the time Police Week rolled around, Liz had over 8,000 letters come in! Thousands more than she expected to get.
Because of the huge support we’ve received from this effort, we’ve officially become an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! This means that you can send us letters year round, and we’ll make sure they get to where they’re supposed to go! This is a giant step forward for showing our officers that we appreciate them.
In 2015’s #PoliceWeek campaign, we received over 8,000 letters. Each and everyone of them was opened by hand and sorted so we could get them to the right department! We’ve had help from all over the community. We were featured on KDWB’s Dave Ryan in the Morning Show, K102’s Chris Carr and Company Show, and many other shows around the Twin Cities! We received letters from General Mills, Allina Hospitals in Minneapolis, MN Congress, the Minnesota Twins, and many more! We’ve received tremendous support from the entire community and we cannot thank you enough.
Our goals going forward include helping law enforcement agencies around the state, and country if possible, when they are in need of resources like water, snacks, or anything else we can do to help them during times of high need.
In 2016, we also introduced our first scholarship program. We used donations and fund raising money to be able to reward scholarship to High School and College students.
If you’re interested in volunteering, donating, or for any other information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.