BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Denise Clause of Baton Rouge hatched an idea on Facebook this week, and 72 hours later, that resulted in 980 treats, bagged like gifts, being delivered to Baton Rouge police for the numerous officers on duty and working extra hours.
She simply asked friends to show appreciation for the sacrifices officers are making to keep protestors and others safe. She asked them to make or buy cookies and snacks because she figured officers were not eating regularly and could use the energy and maybe some morale boosters.
The response was wonderful.
"I had 21 people who contributed," Clause said. "It was some of my Southdowns neighbors and just friends. I just texted some close friends and told them I was looking for protein bars, energy bars, granola, cookies--store bought and home-made."
More than the cookies, the handmade cards to the officers had to be huge morale boosters. Earnest thank yous with hand-drawn art.
"I asked people to write letters and notes of appreciation," she said. "A 3-year-old child even colored an American flag when an adult handed him the correct colored crayons."
Her friend Jamie Bell pulled up with the hatchback of her car opening to a fabulous array of muffins and treats - all baked in Jamie's kitchen. And Jamie had already wrapped them in snazzy plastic bags that were gift-ready.
Clause said her friend, 97-year-old Holly Reynolds, donated cookies, but also potato chips (for the officers who are diabetic) and also included a package of dog treats "for the police dogs." A light bulb went on in Clause's mind. Yes, we decided to collect dog treats too! Clause looked at her own pets, two "rescue" dogs, sniffing the dog biscuits and realized what a great idea it was.
Friends who were on vacation called Clause, and she agreed to purchase cookies to represent their donation. They couldn't bear to miss the chance to do this project!
As the donations continued to pile high, Clause called in her buddy Allyson Eckman and they spent Sunday night bagging and gift wrapping the rest of the goods. By Monday morning, they were ready. Friends Terri Meier and Donna Hobbs helped deliver the baskets heaped with snacks very early Monday morning.
The women were surprised to be admitted to the Baton Rouge Police Headquarters parking lot. They delivered the goods and took pictures to remember the day.
Later in the day, "Capt. Todd Weishar with BR Police just called to thank us. He said his officers, especially the younger ones said, 'Wow. The public really does care about us!'"
Denise Clause said it meant a lot, given all that was going on, for the captain to call.
"I sure hope that others in our community will do "Cookies/Cards for Cops" or something similar as well," Clause said, "We need to keep showing support-thanks for informing the public so it will spread!!! Fingers crossed!"