On April 20, 2020 at around 11:15pm, while on patrol on South Cobb Drive in Cobb County Georgia, Smyrna Police Officer Christopher Ewing was killed when hit by a drunk driver. Officer Ewing was a decorated United States Air Force veteran and was currently serving in the reserves. Officer Ewing had been with the Smyrna Police Department for two years. He leaves behind a wife and three daughters. Officer Ewing had just turned 34.
Video of procession can be seen here
Video of procession edited by Ms Haley Drew (music by Hannah Ellis):
We've all heard it said that "not all heroes wear capes", but lately more of our heroes are wearing masks. While social distancing measures, and stay-at-home orders have been implemented in our county, many our first responders have remained in their jobs, many taking on active roles in their communities — in situations where they risk contracting coronavirus themselves. While traffic accidents are lower than normal, domestic disturbances are on a rise. While answering a call for a domestic disturbance is often an extremely dangerous situation, the additional risk of being exposed to an invisible enemy makes the job of a police officer even more hazardous. Jails and prisons do not lend themselves easily to social distancing and for deputies working at the Cobb County Adult Detention Facility, there is more risk to their health and even that of their families, than ever before.
While there is little we can do to protect the health of the men and women in our Department of Public Safety, we can certainly let them know how much the community they serve appreciates them and acknowledge the risks they are taking to keep us safe.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Blue Thanksgiving has been busy delivering meals and other needed items to our public safety officers. We have delivered meals to officers, deputies, firefighters and 911 call center operators in a number of locations. Additionally, face masks and individual bottles of hand sanitizer have been delivered to these men and women, and there are plans already in place to continue this effort and to include many more agencies, precincts, fire stations, call centers and EMTs, over the next few weeks. As of today, April 25th, 1000 face masks and approximately 300 bottles of hand sanitizer have been delivered, with more to follow. Meals are being purchased from local owned restaurants, in an effort to support those businesses while continuing to support our officers.
While we'd love to share more photos with you, it is always our intent to protect the privacy of all our officers, and we often refrain from taking photographs. Having stated that, we do have a social media presence and if you would like to see what we're doing on a daily basis, we invite you to follow us at https://www.facebook.com/bluethanksgiving/. Please "like", "share" and follow us. We rely on donations to enable us to continue our work and hope you will join in with us in showing these heroes that we all stand behind them!
God bless and protect you and yours and may He keep our public safety officers healthy.
On the evening of February 4, 2020, one of our LEO families suffered the loss of their home and everything in it. The family of Josh Wilson and Kayla Casal along with their children (3 year old daughter and 6 month old son), have lost literally everything they owned in a massive house fire that took place while Kayla was working a night shift. Both parents work part tim for the Oglethrope County Sheriff's Office, while Josh also works a full-time job in addition with the Greensboro PD. The family had recently moved into this rental house in Athens, GA and had not yet purchased renters' insurance. At this time, the Fire Marshal is investigating, but there are no answers as to how this fire started. While Kayla was working the night shift, Josh was at home with the children. During the night he heard a sound and got up to investigate. Upon opening the bedroom door, he was met with a wall of fire, billowing down the hallway toward him. He quickly grabbed the children and escaped the home, leaving everything else behind. This family is devastated and although very grateful that they are unharmed, they have lost everything. Blue Thanksgiving Inc wants to help and we are asking you to join with us in this effort. Please help us by donating through Network for Good or Paypal at the button below. Your donation can be designated for the Wilson/Casal family and is tax deductible. We will ensure this family receives your donations.
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As we look back over the past twelve months, we are proud to say that 2019 brought with it an amazing year for Blue Thanksgiving, Inc. We have grown by leaps and bounds this past year and did more with the community for our law enforcement officers than we thought possible at the close of 2018. Nearly every month saw a new effort succeed and the public support that made it all possible. From Easter deliveries of lunch to several precincts, to the same on July 4th and on through Thanksgiving, when we took a leap of faith and committed to every police precinct in Cobb County including Cobb 1,2,3,4 and 5, Marietta PD, Smyrna PD, Powder Springs PD, Acworth PD, Austell PD, and even Riverdale PD! We also included our Cobb SO deputies at the jail and the 911 call center with deliveries, as well as a group of Cobb SO deputies in operations, and others. Immediately following Thanksgiving, we jumped into "A Church Family Christmas" project. Initially we had no idea what the response would be from the public in regards to support. We quickly learned that this community comes together to show support when it comes to our first responders. What we saw happen in s short amount of time was nothing less than amazing. Once the news got out that we needed help to provide for a LEO family, the donations and gifts started rolling in. It was an absolute honor to be part of something so wonderful and we cannot thank our wonderful community and law enforcement officers enough for what they did to lift up this family at Christmas. Both WSB TV2 and the Marietta Daily Journal did stories on this project, and below is the story from the MDJ.
So, here's to an even more successful 2020 and to providing help and support to our officers when and where needed. Please continue to donate to BTI and help keep the good work going. Without you, none of this is possible. Please go to our "Join Us" page and make a donation. We have much happening this year and funding is always a challenge. Thank you again and Happy New Year!
Well, we're in full swing with the project we have lovingly named "A Church Family Christmas". Supporters are beginning to purchase gift items from our smile.amazon.com list and so we thought we would update and give those reading this post a little more information. This evening WSB TV Channel 2's Chris Jose is doing a story on this family and how we are coordinating and encouraging the community to help. If you are reading this post after having seen the story, we are thrilled you are joining us in a show of love and support this holiday season. Deputy Church is a humble, quiet man. Convincing him to tell us what HE needs and/or wants was not easy. His needs are simple, he said. He needs to get back and forth to his job with the Cobb County Sheriff's Office. Living some distance from where he reports to work requires time and a good deal of fuel in the van he drives. If you are looking for a gift idea for him, we recommend the following:
Gift cards... fuel (to help him get back and forth to work), restaurants (where he can take the kids), grocery stores, and department stores (such as Walmart and Target)
Under Armour shirts, sweat pants, gym shorts, socks, etc. Jason wears a size 9 shoe, a LG/XLG shirt and 36x32 pants.
As for the girls, after speaking with them in person this evening, I learned that the 3 year old, Teagan, loves princesses, Baby Alive and "Frozen". His 12 year old daughter, Savana, mentioned that she really wants some strip lighting that she can change colors on, to go around the ceiling of her bedroom. She has also mentioned other items in the past that are on the "wish list" below. As for Jason's 8 year old step-son...he enjoyed Marvel superheros and Star Wars. We have not been able to get much more info from him other than that.
If you would like to donate to this project or to any of our other many projects throughout the year, please click the "join us" page and use the donate buttons seen there.
We have drop locations at the Cobb PD Pct one and Pct five stations in the front lobby. We will also offer a drop off on December 18th from 4 until 8pm at the Wingate by Wyndham Galleria/ Ball Park (directly behind the skydiving venue on Cobb Pkwy and 285). Of course if you have questions, please feel free to call or email us at 770-419-4027 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Please read the post below the "Thanksgiving 2019" story for more information on our Christmas project "A Church Family Christmas". The Holiday Open House we are hosting is to benefit that family as well as the Cobb PD SWAT Santa program. For more information on how you can help or become involved in this project, please email us at email@example.com or call 770-419-4027. We also have "wish lists" on smile.amazon.com under "Blue Thanksgiving" where you can order items that will be delivered directly to us for this family.
Well, it's been an incredible Thanksgiving. Yesterday we delivered to a total of 13 agencies/precincts PLUS an additional 2 deliveries of desserts to the deputies working the jail on two shifts, the 911 call center operators and even the Sheriff's deputies working operations on Thanksgiving, for a total of SEVENTEEN deliveries to nearly 500 officers, deputies, operators, volunteers and civilian administration personnel working on Thanksgiving day!! We had an amazing group of about 25 volunteers who took time from their own holiday to make sure officers all over Cobb County had a good meal on this holiday, while working. We have posted photos in the gallery and welcome you to see just a sample of what we as a community did. We would like to thank each and ever volunteer we had, as well as all the wonderful people and businesses who donated both funds and food to make this possible. Many thanks to Chick-Fil-A of Kennesaw for their continued support every year. Other sponsors included Wallace BBQ, Dave Poe's BBQ and Major Q's BBQ who all smoked a total of 19 turkeys for us (we also roasted four more! That's a lot of turkey!). O'Charley's of Acworth donated sweet potato mash, Marietta Diner and Golden Corral made our stuffing, while Marietta Diner also donated macaroni and cheese. As always, Publix was our largest sponsor this year, with their corporate headquarters donating a 200.00 gift card to help purchase supplies, and three stores (Publix on Cobb and Jiles, Publix on Old 41 and Barrett, and Publix at Dallas Hwy and Barrett) all supplied the breads, and desserts. Publix at Dallas Hwy and Barrett also donated bottled water, and deli trays with lids. Finally, Nothing Bundt Cakes in Kennesaw again donated three of their yummy cakes! Please be sure to patronize these local businesses and tell them that you appreciate their support. It is the generosity of these businesses and the citizens of this and surrounding counties that make our work possible. Thank you again for a wonderful, record breaking year!
The arrival of Thanksgiving brings with it the beginning of our favorite season and holiday. Christmas.
As busy as we are, preparing to coordinate the delivery of Thanksgiving day meals to so many on duty
officers on that holiday, we want you all to know that as soon as we complete that day,
we will be focusing on a project that we feel is worthy of your attention!
Deputy Jason Church of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office has suffered the past 18 months with
heartbreaking loss. The premature delivery and loss of his infant son Brayden, last June was followed
in January of this year when his 17 year old step-son Caleb succumbed to leukemia, after a long hard battle. And most recently, Deputy Church lost his wife Jade, in October to long term illness. Deputy Church is now left with two daughters that he is working hard to raise as a single parent.
Deputy Church's daughters Savana (12) and Teagon (3) have Christmas “wish lists” and we would like to ask your help in providing these girls with some of the things that will make their Christmas special, while relieving Jason of the stress the holidays often bring. We also happen to know of a few things Jason needs that would make life a little easier for him. Jade also left behind another child from a previous marriage and there are a few things he has on his "wish list", as well. To make a donation toward “A Church Family Christmas”, please visit our website at www.bluethanksgiving.com/join-us.html. There, you can donate using a credit card, or contact us for more information. We also have a list available on the smile.amazon website: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/3EQ69AWC5BF1J/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl
For more information on where to drop donations to help make this Christmas a little merrier for this family, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 770-419-4027. Please take UNWRAPPED donations of gifts to Cobb Police Precinct ONE at 2380 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152. You may also drop at Cobb PD Pct 5 located at 4640 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127. You can also donate cash gifts placed in a sealed envelope with "A Church Family Christmas" written on the outside. Other drop off locations will be announced here, and on social media. Please be sure to check back for updates or contact us for additional drop off or pick up information. Thank you for helping make this year's Christmas a little easier for this hero and his family. Cash donations can also be made through our Network for Good.
We are proud to present our new logo and to tell you all about the meaning of each component that went into making up this beautiful design. We would also like to express our gratitude to All Print Marketing and Media Solutions in Dallas Georgia for the work they did to create this unique design for Blue Thanksgiving, Inc.
The outline of this design is obviously that of a police shield, signifying our mission as an advocate for the men and women who serve as officers. The blue line across the middle represents the thin blue line that these men and women hold every day, while the five point gold stars are for our Sheriff's Deputies. The significance of wheat is love and charity, and along with the tagline "We back the blue", together they reflect our name, "Blue Thanksgiving".
We are please to tell you that the IRS has determined we are exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). Donors can now deduct contributions they make to our organization under IRC Section 170. We're also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.
We are classified as a public charity under the IRC Section 170)b) (1) (A) (vi). The effective date of exemption is April 5, 2019.
Blue Thanksgiving has grown and there are necessary changes and improvements taking place. We are now "Blue Thanksgiving, Inc" a Georgia Nonprofit Corporation and registered Charity with the Georgia Secretary of State's office and application has been submitted to the US Federal Government for 501(c)(3) status, and is now pending approval. We hope to have this tax exempt status by October and will announce when we have reached that goal. In the meantime, we continue to work to raise funds and donations for ongoing projects. At this time we are in the beginning stages of planning a fundraiser to take place before the end of 2019, as well as future events for 2020. We will also make announcements with details on those events as they come available on this page as well as our social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. For more information you can always call or email us! And speaking of email: we have set up a few new addresses, in the event you need to reach us, and that information can be found below. As always we are also available via phone at 470.767.2366 or 770.419.4027.
At this time, we would like to welcome our newest board members and thank them for their service.
Samantha Rousey Glass has joined our Board of Directors and brings with her vast understanding and experience in nonprofit and fundraising operations. She has been involved in promoting support and recognition of our county police and is a well known advocate. Samantha possesses the energy, talents and knowledge needed to make good things happen and we are thrilled to have her as a vital part of our team.
We also welcome Benjamin A Peace as a Board Member. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and offers insight into the needs and challenges our Law Enforcement Officers face. His background includes serving as a police officer, a Deputy Sheriff, and a contractor for the US Marshals in both Atlanta and Las Vegas. Ben has volunteered for a number of years with Blue Thanksgiving, and we are excited that he has agreed to serve on the Board of Directors for Blue Thanksgiving Incorporated.
Our Treasurer and CFO, Celene Joiner is a small business owner and accountant. Her company, "BCJ Books" handles the responsibility of accounting and payroll for multiple companies and nonprofits in and around the Atlanta area. She brings with her the knowledge and experience needed to maintain the accounting required of a nonprofit.
Our Secretary and Executive Director Douglas A Hill, is an attorney who has been practicing law in Georgia for 35 years. His law office is located in Marietta and he has been involved in many local nonprofits and fundraising efforts over the years including the "Festival of Trees" in Atlanta. Doug has been a vital part and is a co-founder of Blue Thanksgiving since the beginning, and has agreed to serve on the Executive Board for Blue Thanksgiving, Incorporated.
Finally, the President/CEO is Kimberly Peace Hill. Kim co-founded Blue Thanksgiving with her husband Doug in 2012 and now serves on the Executive Board. Kim has a passion for our LEOs and a heartfelt gratitude for the service they provide to their communities. Blue Thanksgiving has been her way of showing these officers how much they are needed and appreciated by the communities they serve. Kim is a recognized (and quite vocal) advocate for better pay and benefits for Cobb County Law Enforcement and Public Safety officers.
As "Blue Thanksgiving, Inc" is born, we look forward to continuing to learn how to better serve the ones who serve our community and growing as more people become involved. If you would like to become a part, please email any of us by our first name @bluethanksgiving.com or at email@example.com.
Cobb County's Public Safety Employees (Police, Fire and Sheriff) are resigning at an overwhelming rate. For the last 10 years Cobb County's Commissioners have failed to provide their Police, Fire, and Sheriff personnel with livable wages forcing them to take career opportunities elsewhere. The current benefits package is the worst in Metro Atlanta. Cobb County currently has OVER 200 positions that need to be filled. These vacancies increase every day and put the county's families, businesses, friends, visitors, and public safety personnel in severe danger. The Board of Commissioners need a complete pay and benefit restructure to attract quality applicants and retain employees. Cobb County Public Safety at one point was the gold standard and had the luxury of selecting the best applicants for its citizens. Today we are a revolving door wasting millions of dollars recruiting and training new employees only for them to leave for better paying departments. Cobb County's Public Safety slogan is "Expect The Best." Today the county does not live up to that slogan. If this problem is not resolved we will lose the only vested, experienced, and quality public safety employees that are left. The Board of Commissioners is requesting 5,000 signatures before they take action. Let's give them what they want. Please sign the petition below and email your district commissioner! These officers need your support!
With Christmas on the way and coming fast, I thought I might log on and post a quick overview of this year's Blue Thanksgiving Day. With the addition of volunteers willing to work on Thanksgiving day, we have grown to something larger than I would have believed possible, that first year when Doug and I delivered baked goodies to three precincts. This year we actually delivered full hot catered buffets to FOUR precincts, and cold lunches to an additional SIX! We were also happy to be able to provide desserts that were delivered to the Cobb County Sheriff's Deputies working at the jail and the operators at the 911 Call Center (they had their own pot luck plans). Our hot buffets consisted of both smoked and roasted turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet potato mash, macaroni and cheese, green beans, ham, rolls, desserts and iced tea. Our cold "grab and go" menu included turkey, cheese and ham sliders with condiments, chips, salads, desserts and iced tea. We would very much like to thank all the volunteers who delivered and set up these meals, as well as those who helped collect donations and prepared for the big day. Without these amazing people, it would not be possible to deliver meals to so many of our officers in this county. We would also like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who donated. It is so wonderful to know that so many people are willing to show support for our local LEO's this way. And it is very rewarding to see the smiles and expressions of gratitude from the officers who receive these meals.
Now that the equipment and the mess is all cleaned up and we're preparing for Christmas, it is extremely gratifying to look back and remember how so many officers were reminded that their community cares and appreciates what they do, even on the holidays when we are all home with family. We received some publicity on a local news station as well as in a small local paper this year. I hope that this helps bring more help to us next year, as we still need help with clean up after the big day. (It took me a week to wrap it all up, by myself) I look forward to doing more for our Cobb county LEO's in the coming year. Last year we delivered traditional New Year's Day lunch to Cobb pct 1, and then again on Easter we were able to send several precincts ham, fresh pasta salad and coconut cakes. Additionally when time, energy and funds allow, we do Italian dinners for a couple of precincts as well as the multi-agency Elder Abuse Task Force that meets monthly (the Elder Abuse Task Force donates to offset costs for their luncheons) In January, we will again provide our photo booth and service to the heroes at Marietta PD for their awards and promotion ceremony. Finally, there are multiple cakes that are made and decorated for precincts having smaller events within the precincts...usually retirement or promotion celebrations. We do more than just Thanksgiving, but the majority of our funds come to us during our Thanksgiving drive.
Have a wonderful Christmas and be sure to thank an officer you see on duty, when you are out shopping or enjoying your day. They need to know how much they are appreciated!
Blessings, from Kim and Doug Hill
Founders, Blue Thanksgiving
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we are beginning to receive commitments and donations from our sponsors for this year's Thanksgiving effort. We would like to thank Mazi Mazloom for his very generous donation and for being so consistent in his support of local law enforcement each year with his involvement in our organization. Without the help of wonderful people like Mazi, we would not be able to provide dinner to so many officers on duty Thanksgiving Day. The Mazloom Law Firm is based in Marietta Georgia and offers outstanding legal representation to people in the Metro-Atlanta area, accused and/or charged within the Criminal Justice System. To learn more about Mazi and his firm, please visit www.mazilaw.com.
Fall is here, Atlanta! Crisp weather and pumpkin spice evvverrrrrything! Coming up next is All Hallows Eve and then THANKSGIVING! A day of Thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Let us not forget the "Boys in Blue". Make your donations today so that we can plan a feast worthy of their service. Please donate HERE!
Welcome to our new website! We are in the process of building and will continue to post photos, stories, announcements and updates to this page. Please be sure to come back often to see what is new! And if you haven't already found our Facebook page, please know that you will find us at www.facebook.com/bluethanksgiving/ . There you will find updates and news posted almost daily. Also remember that if you want to come be a part of this amazing organization, call us at 770-419-4027 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.