ST. LOUIS - Members of the St. Louis Police Wives' Association (SLPWA) are gearing up in case wide spread civil disobedience occurs after the grand jury returns a decision in the Michael Brown investigation.
"When the command posts are activated, officers are placed on mandatory 12-hour shifts with little time off," said spokeswoman Hope Jones said. "When on duty, officers are unable to break their line to get food or even use the bathroom. Making sure our officers have food in their stomachs and the support they need to ensure the safety of as many of our areas citizens as possible is currently our priority."
The SLPWA is asking for snack items, such as sunflower seeds, nuts, beef jerky, and trail mix that officers can easily fit into vest or cargo pockets. They say officers are also requesting energy drinks. Visa gift cars that can be used at restaurants and grocery stores are great donations as well.
In addition, urgent donations are being requested in a Helmets 4 Heroes page on GoFundMe.com.
Friends and supporters of Ferguson police officers say on the website that, "The Ferguson police officers have bullet-resistant vests that provide protection to a portion of their body. Unfortunately, they are without adequate headgear providing protection to the vital areas of the head."
So far they have raised $5,020 in six days. They need to raise $25,000 before the grand jury decision is announced.
Mary Jo, who didn't want her last name used in this report, is from St. Charles. Our news crew met her at the Ferguson fire station as she delivered four cases worth of sandwiches and snacks.
She isn't married or related to a police officer, but she and a few of her friends wanted all officers to know they were appreciated.
"…You do not deserve what is happening to you lately," she said. "I hope they genuinely know the bulk of citizens out there do support and appreciate everything they do and the fact that they put their lives on the line."
The SLPWA is also preparing Skype stations for out of town police officers who will be away from their families for days. The SLPWA says monetary donations can be made at www.stlpolicewives.org.
Food and gift card donations can be dropped off at the Ferguson fire house at 200 S. Florissant Road and at Third Baptist Church at 620 N. Grand, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.