(August 19, 2016)-  The week-long donation drive to assist Baton Rouge Police Officers who are recovering from historic flooding surpassed expectations.

Bay late Friday afternoon, Donations of toiletries, clothing, diapers, and more totaled over a ton, throwing a monkey wrench into the plan...shipping.  With so much to ship, it quickly became cost prohibitive.  Captain Sizemore of the Cape Coral Police Department Patrol Bureau reached out to the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association, Police Benevolent Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33 for help.

This afternoon, officers loaded up a truck and volunteers will head out bright and early tomorrow morning to drive the donations to Baton Rouge Police Headquarters.  Captain Sizemore spoke about the collection drive during a Facebook Live broadcast earlier today:

The Cape Coral Police Department is no longer accepting donated items here at the PD.  Citizens who might still wish to contribute can do so by direct shipping items or purchasing items online and using the address below as the receiving address:

Baton Rouge Police Department
9000 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815
Attn: Lieutenant Duren Boyce

 

"We want to thank everyone for making this impromptu drive a success.  We expected a few boxes and a trip to the store to ship it.  This community reached out in a meaningful way that will enable the men and women of the Baton Rouge PD to continue doing the hard, grueling work of disaster recovery while suffering devastating losses themselves."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

Link to original news release: UPDATED: Cape Coral Police Department Pitching in to Help Baton Rouge Officers

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