This week theCHIVE Fort Lauderdale held a blood drive in order to replenish the blood supplies that were depleted in our area following the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School. It really hit home for us, as it was in our backyard. Our friends, family, and neighbors were all affected by the senseless act. We had first responders in our group that were on scene during the event.
During our blood drive, we had 15 people that were able to donate, and many more that came out to try.
The next day, a few of us headed to the Coral Springs Police Department, with 10 piping hot pizzas and 4 boxes of donuts for the brave men and women who had to be on scene during the chaos. Coral Springs Police Department is only 2 miles from the school, and the next city away from Parkland. Many of their officers, including one of our own, rushed in to help when the call came in for an active shooter on the school campus. To see the outpouring of support from the community, to this precinct was unbelievable. The least we could do was give the night shift a hot meal before they headed back out on the road for the night, having to attend funerals, patrol vigils, as well as their normal calls and duties.