We launched a grassroots effort behind the simplest idea…send a card to a family who suffered the greatest loss, the loss of a loved one. When Spencer was a child, his Grammie would always say “when someone passes, send their family a card with words of encouragement.” It was with that sentiment that we decided to get behind Ofc. Blake Snyder, his family and the community in which we live. Spencer called the CEO of Bandana’s BBQ and asked him for a place to have people come by and sign the card.
While we were there, we met a woman who is a recipient of Backstoppers and her son, who was 7 at the time, is getting ready to attend college, which Backstoppers is paying for. They made a donation back to Ofc. Blake Snyder’s family. Bandana’s opened their doors at 10:30, thirty minutes earlier than usual. The first group of guests were six troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol. Bandana’s QUADRUPLED their lunch sales. There wasn’t a moment yesterday when the restaurant staff could sit back and relax, they were THAT busy. All of the major TV newscasts were there and we did interviews with all of them.
We were armed with two giant poster board sized cards. By lunch, we were able to get two more in order to make sure we had enough cards. We were being inundated with requests to take donations, outside of what Bandana’s pledged to give, and we established a bucket. Chief Belmar, the chief of St Louis County Police, even made an appearance and had lunch.
By the end of the event, our bucket raised $4,578 and Bandana’s gave $1,935 for a grand total of $6,513. This was all raised in less than 12 hours. After the event, Spencer dropped off the cards to the police unit where Ofc. Blake Snyder was stationed.
In closing, thank you to everyone for allowing “Spencer’s Neighborhood” to bring the community together in such a positive way.
There are pictures on “Spencer’s Neighborhood” social media as well as a short recap and thank you video! You can still donate to Backstoppers.org!