July 7th, 2016... The day that shook law enforcement to it's core. The day that brought two Blue Bloods, Peyton and Kristen, together.
It's also our birthday.
But again... we will be giving our birthday back to law enforcement in memory of the fallen Dallas Police Officers killed on July 7th two years ago.
Last year's "Birthday with a Purpose" was a way for us to raise money to support Dallas officers struggling with Post Traumatic Stress through a non-profit called Signal 15.
This year though we are making the event even bigger and we are reaching out to more officers within the Metroplex area. In the past 2.5 years, 11 officers have been killed in the line of duty in our area. And each of those officer's families, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in blue still feel that loss. As the daughters, (granddaughter, sister and niece) of police officers, Peyton and I know the weight that is carried not only by our loved ones in uniform but by all blue bloods.
And that is why we have teamed up with our friends at "Humanizing the Badge" (check out their Facebook page). The HTB team will be in DFW that weekend doing community outreach events.
Together Peyton and I will be raising money to support this Cook-Out for local police departments, including those Departments that have recently lost officers: Little Elm, Richardson, SMU, Euless and Tarrant County.
The cookout will be on July 6th (6pm-9pm) in Lewisville. Humanizing the Badge is a non-profit dedicated to helping officers with the stress of the job and building community relationships. We want to raise money to support HTB by off-setting the costs needed to serve food & drinks and all the other components that accompany a large cook-out. Their funds should be spent on year-round support projects and that's where we are stepping in with "Birthday with a Purpose."
We aren't celebrating our birthday's this year. Instead we are going to celebrate the lives of 11 heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice... and provide an evening of reprieve for their brothers and sisters. Spending time with each other as well as the folks from "Humanizing the Badge" is an opportunity we want to give our officers who give us so much.