Saco Police Department Helping Local Cancer Patients, and You Can Help, Too
Absolutely LOVE hearing (and seeing) this happen.
Unfortunately, we probably (definitely?) know someone who has either suffered directly from breast cancer, or been affected by it in some way. So, first things first, PLEASE get checked yearly. Not only studies have shown it, but first-hand experiences have said that the earlier it's caught, the better the chances are of kicking its butt.
That said, we all know (or should, at least) that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Lots of pink ribbons are seen, websites turn pink, businesses incorporate pink in some kind of way to show their support, and now a local police department is doing the same thing.
According to WMTW, Saco Police Officer Kyle Gregory signed his department up for the Pink Patch Project, which is a nationwide movement that hundreds of agencies and departments from the country participate in. Not only, like most of us, has Officer Gregory been either affected by it personally or know someone whose been affected by it, he told WMTW that it's a great way to stay connected with the community, given that's a little bit difficult these days.
Here's one of the best parts, too. Sometimes with national organizations/nonprofits, although AMAZING in their own right, you have NO idea where the money you collect and/or donate is going, right? Are you helping your neighbor down the street, or is your donation going to someone you don't even know in California (not that it's a roadblock from being a good human, but you get what I mean, right?) But there's no question with where THIS money is going -- the proceeds, as reported by WMTW, are going directly to Southern Maine Health Care's breast cancer center. So you legit ARE helping your neighbors and your donations are staying local.
WGME is reporting that so far, over 200 patches have been sold so far, and will be on sale for the rest of the month, although donations are also being accepted.
The news station says that the pink patches are $10.
What a cool thing to do all-around, honestly. Saco PD is showing that they care about the community and even though we have to social distance and a lot of public events have been postponed or cancelled, they're still finding a way to stay directly connected. Officer Gregory helped design the patches himself, so he has some extra investment in them. And most importantly, like I said before, the money raised stays here locally and isn't like a sock in the dryer and just randomly disappears.