TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Police officers work a dangerous job. Some people are taking action to help make sure their loved ones come back home each time they leave for work.
One North Mississippi officer recently received a free bullet vest from an organization called “Wives of Warriors,” a non-profit composed of a few hundred women. These include wives, long-term girlfriends, and fiances, all with a common interest: protecting those who protect the rest of us.
“I just want to say thank you to the Wives of Warriors,” Deputy Sheriff Taylor Walker said. Walker is number 157. That’s how many officers Wives of Warriors has donated bullet vests to since its founding in 2013.
“The vest is probably one of the most important things that we have on our equipment list, so for them to be able to donate us vests for protection, it’s truly a blessing. It really is,” Walker said.
Walker said it’s more difficult for smaller police departments and sheriff’s offices to get bullet vests, and donations are beyond appreciated.
Wives of Warriors gets its money for vests from fundraising events. According to founder Kim Rushing, the foundation donated 40 vests this year, its highest number yet.
Its next fundraising event is coming up: an annual 5k race. Rushing said this year it will be virtual because of the pandemic. She added Wives of Warriors donates vests once a year.
“Normally around February or March, we have a fitting for the money that we raised from the race the year before,” Rushing said.
Rushing added people can give in other ways as well, including an online auction at the end of September. She mentioned a barbecue event the organization usually has at Tupelo Furniture Market, but she said it was canceled this year because of the coronavirus. People can also donate online through the Create website. She added she wants officers to know people support them.
‘’It means the world to us as the family members, so I know it means a lot to them to know that there’s people behind ‘em that support ‘em, that are on their side,” Rushing said.
“It means the world to us. We’re very thankful, especially in these times,” Walker said. “If anyone can, if they can help them out in any way, they are truly making a difference for us in law enforcement.”
If you would like to find out more about wives of warriors, make a donation to the cause, or sign up for this year’s virtual 5k run, all of those resources are online. Here is the link for Wives of Warriors Facebook page. Here is the link to donate to Wives of Warriors through the Create Foundation's website. Here is the link to sign up for the 5k run.