FERGUSON, Mo. — Donations of water and snacks flowed in Tuesday to help police officers pulling long hours in Ferguson because of continuing unrest over the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen, on Aug. 9.
Many officers haven't had a day off for more than a week. They face long hours, high stress and high scrutiny following the shooting of Brown by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer.
What started as a small call for donations turned into an onslaught of food, water and words of encouragement.
"I didn't expect us to get this much, this quick," said Crisis Aid International founder Pat Bradley, who organized the collection of goods for officers and families affected by the demonstrations in Ferguson.
Crisis Aid in south St. Louis County told a few churches of their intention to collect items, then the effort went viral and residents 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," Badger said.
Organizers expected to fill a van, but instead, filled a truck with water, Gatorade, snacks and more. Officers passing by just happened to see volunteers loading donations and pulled in to help.
On the Crisis Aid's Facebook page, Jessica Spradlin wrote: "Just wanted to say thank you from an officers family at Lifechurch: we've been blessed and honored to support crisis aid over the years, and to receive this support in return is what Gods love is about. Thank you so much! We love you!"
Crisis Aid International will accept donations at its office through the end of the week.