FERGUSON, Mo. - There is a growing movement tonight to help the officers pulling long hours in Ferguson. Many haven't had a day off for more than a week. They face long hours, high stress and high scrutiny.
Some say they aren't getting the support they deserve, and organizers want police to know they're behind them.
It started as just a small call for donations, and turned into an onslaught of food, water, and words of encouragement.
Crisis Aid International in south St. Louis County called a few churches, then the effort went viral and people like Lynne Badger jumped on the opportunity to help.
"I just want everyone to keep in mind that the officers on the street, they're hoping to keep peace and keep people safe," said Badger.
Organizers expected to fill a van, but instead, filled a truck. Officers passing by just happened to see volunteers loading donations and pulled in to help.
And while the donations are heading to those in the most tumultuous area of Ferguson, organizers say this effort has nothing to do with the issue behind those police lines on West Florissant.
Organizers are encouraging people to come donate more non-perishable items through the end of the week at the Crisis Aid International office in south St. Louis County.