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Local Concord Resident Rallies Community Support with "Adopt a Cop" Initiative

Aug 11, 2016 09:10PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Leah Grasty poses with officers of the Concord Police Department after she delivered the letters and gifts. Photo courtesy of the Independent Tribune website.

The "Adopt a Cop" movement has been inspiring many communities, especially more recently with so much turmoil and uncertainty. Local resident Leah Grasty, the wife of a police officer herself, decided to bring some positivity to the community by starting her own "Adopt a Cop" initiative. 

The Adopt a Cop initiative provides the opportunity for someone in the community to "adopt" a police officer. Once they are connected to an officer, through someone like Leah, they can provide them with gifts, notes, gift packages, essentials, and anything they would like to include. And then the facilitator will deliver the gifts on a certain date. 

Leah simply posted on her Facebook page a request for people to Adopt a Cop, and that she would facilitate the entire thing by connecting anyone that commented to an officer. 

Just two days after her initial Facebook post, all 161 officers of the Concord Police Department had been adopted by people within the community.

It took two full vans to transport all the goodies, and the entire department was excited and touched by the love they recieved from the community.

This outpouring of love and support has inspired more initiatives, including "Adopt a Cop Cabarrus," where anyone can contribute. 

There will also be a few events coming up at Chick-fil-A at Concord Commons, where you can sign up to adopt a cop right there. This is an Adopt-a-Cop Event, starting on August 12th from 1pm to 5pm. If you aren't able to make that date, there will be more on August 16th and 17th, also from 1pm to 5pm.

An event will also be held later this month, Police Officer Appreciation Night, at Chick-fil-A in Concord Commons, from 5pm to 8pm. 

Sources: 

Charlotte Stories, "Woman in Concord NC Started “Adopt A Cop” Movement"
Independent Tribune, "Adopt A Cop sweeps Cabarrus County"

Local Concord , courtesy of Caroline Fountain FOX 46

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