Operation Blue Christmas
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Operation Blue Christmas (OBC). Being the first project that the Boll Weevil Charity Foundation undertook, OBC is very near and dear to our hearts. It has allowed us to spread Christmas cheer throughout the city that we love, while shining a light on the incredible men and women that tirelessly work to keep our community safe.
Last year, Operation Blue Christmas was accomplished through two phases. Phase 1 with the help of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Phase 2 with the help of the Memphis Police Department. Target aided us with the purchasing of the gifts in both phases.
Phase 1: Shelby County Sheriff’s Department
During Phase 1 of OBC we teamed up with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Target to surprise unsuspecting drivers with Christmas gifts. We had a Sheriff’s Deputy stop random cars near a local Target. Once the car was pulled over, the officer then had a conversation with the driver to find out what they needed to complete their Christmas shopping. Once the officer knew what was needed, he radioed to us inside the Target. We then bought and delivered the gift to the drivers who thought they were waiting on a traffic ticket. It was very heartwarming to see the shocked and grateful drivers receive a gift instead of the expected ticket.
Phase 2: Memphis Police Department
For Phase 2 of OBC, we got MPD in on the action. MPD identified ten families whose homes had been burglarized in the first two weeks of December, many of whom had had their
Christmas gifts stolen. MPD then gave us a shopping list of what was stolen from each family. Again with the help of Target, we purchased the replacement items, and then we traveled to each family with several MPD officers and delivered the gifts. Being able to help bring the Christmas spirit back into the lives of those families was a wonderful experience.
Where You Come In
We need your help! While we are thrilled to carry out the shopping and delivery of the gifts, and the SCSO and MPD are excited to provide us with a list of worthy recipients. We need your help in funding Operation Blue Christmas. Our goal for this year is to raise $25,000. With that amount we will be able to truly change the lives of many families in our community this Christmas season. Thank you in advance for your support of OBC and showing your appreciation for our community’s law enforcement officers and your love for your neighbors in need.