Hendersonvillle first responders receive $1k donation from STAND T.A.L.L.

Presenting the $1000 donation are VP Sharon Hanson and President Ron Kauffman both of STAND T.A.L.L. and in the middle is Jennifer Drake of the HPD, one of the leaders of the “Break Point” program.

Press release from STAND T.A.L.L.:

In the midst of the Covid-19 virus crisis, members of countywide Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, EMS, Rescue Squad and State Patrol remain on the front line to protect and serve our citizens.

During “normal” times, on or off-duty, these heroes could stop by their favorite restaurants and coffee shops to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. But “normal” times ended this past February. It’s no longer easy to just get coffee, a soda or food while on a shift, and there aren’t a lot of places to safely relax for a few minutes, or for that matter, find a restroom when necessary.

Back in November 2018 The West Hendersonville Baptist Church saw the opportunity for a community outreach mission, and they named the program Break Point.  They recognized this as an opportunity, and offered a program called “Break Point” solely for the on and off-duty members of these services.  The church members established a place where the men and women of any of these various city, county and state services could go to safely catch a “break” from the long hours of duty during this time of crisis and will continue as it has for the past year and a half.”

The location isn’t open to the public, but is available 24/7 to these men and women and offers them food, snacks, soda, coffee, and bathrooms. This also provides them a chance to decompress and relax with sworn personnel from other disciplines.

The volunteers that help at “Break Point” quickly realized that they weren’t going to be in a position to keep up with the growing demands for the necessary items – food, drinks, and paper products.  That’s when a call for assistance went out to STAND T.A.L.L.

According to Ron Kauffman, President of STAND T.A.L.L., “I received an email from one of the officers from the Hendersonville Police Department who works with us in our “Kids & Cops” program at the Boys & Girls Club.  He informed me of the “Break Point” project and their need for financial assistance to sustain them through this critical time.  I was put in touch with Officer Jennifer Drake, who is closely involved with the program, and within 48-hours our Board approved a $1000 donation to help keep their pantry stocked. It was simply the right thing to do.”

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