Local police officers risk their lives while saving ours. Wednesday, Operation Gratitude took the time to thank Colorado Springs police officers who wear the badge every day.
A veteran himself, CEO Kevin Schmiegel is on a mission to thank our heroes.
“We think it’s important to not only recognize military veterans and those who served our nation, around the globe,” Schmiegel said.
The organization also gives to those who wear a different uniform: police.
“The heroes here at home, who are really serving and protecting our communities every day,” Schmiegel said.
“There’s an energy drink, granola bars, hand sanitizer, things our employees will use on a daily basis,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said.
The packages were put together with love by volunteers, keeping officers in mind.
“We tell our officers it’s the simplest things you do that means the most to our community, and it’s the same with this,” Niski said.
What’s important to officers is what it means, not what’s inside.
Schmiegel said he hopes to close the divide between the public and police.
“That divide is not lack of appreciation,” Schmiegel said. “It’s really a lack of understanding or a gap of knowledge about what it means to serve.”
When military or first responders get a care package, they also get a message of thanks from local school kids and adults.