Monday, August 4, 2014

A Worthy Cause: The 100 Club of Arizona

Usually, The Lexicon Devil keeps it pretty light: I review books and makeup, offer advice, and make recommendations to all of you. Rare is the post where I get “serious,” rarer is the post where I ask my readers to dig into their pockets and support a worthy cause.  Hold on to your artisan Etsy earrings, y’all—we’re about ready to get surrious. 

Some readers who have been with me for years (like, three blog incarnations ago), may remember that my pops is a police detective who has spent the majority of his adult life in law enforcement.  The life of a peace officer isn’t an easy one: you place your life on the line for others with little recognition for your bravery, you have to keep straight hundreds of laws and procedures while under extreme duress, and your work day is spent interacting with members of the public who are having their worst day. 

Life, I can say from personal experience, is also difficult for the families of law enforcement officers.  As proud as I am of my father’s bravery and his distinguished career, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t miss his presence at my school functions, or that I didn’t tense up when I was pulled unexpectedly out of class to receive a “family message.”  Luckily, even though our family has received some scary phone calls about my father, we never received the scary call.  In these dark moments, families often have to fall back on the collective strength of their community to get through their dark days.  One group that offers such support is The 100 Club of Arizona.

The 100 Club of Arizona is an organization that offers tremendous support to public safety employees, police officers, firemen, paramedics, and their families.  The 100 Club provides financial assistance to families when their loved one is killed, injured, or experienced a life-altering event; offers peer support and experience; awards safety enhancement stipends given to departments to purchase life-saving equipment; and awards scholarships to support the post-secondary education of these employees’ immediate family.  When the bravest members of the community are in a moment of crisis, The 100 Club is there to step in and lend a helping hand.

To raise awareness of The 100 Club and to encourage people to give generously to this worthy cause, the Chandler, Arizona Police Department has been doing an “Ice Water Challenge,” where officers agree to be doused with ice cold water and then challenge other officers to take the challenge themselves.  Last week, my pops, the president of the CLEA union (he’s practically the Eugen V. Debs of Arizona in my book), accepted and completed the ice water challenge [below].

Even though I haven’t been doused in freezing water myself, I’d like to challenge all of my readers to take a couple of minutes and donate what you can to The 100 Club of Arizona. Sometimes the bravest in our community need help and it is incumbent upon all of us to return the favor and be there with a helping hand. 

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