ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- The Albertville Police Department started an initiative that essentially exploded with community support, so the agency decided to give back.
An anonymous Marshall County resident gave a generous donation that started it all. The Albertville Police Department used the $1,000 donation to make 'Back the Blue' t-shirts, and Marshall County communities jumped on board. Thousands of dollars poured into the department.
The department bought equipment and helped other Marshall County law enforcement agencies with the money.
Now, it's the community's turn. "We donated five dollars out of every shirt that was sold during the month of October, so we're actually donating $1,530," explains Assistant Chief Jamie Smith.
The department donated the money to the Mammography Assistance Program at Marshall Medical Centers. "Which helps women in our community who couldn't otherwise afford a mammogram get one," says The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers Director Andrea Oliver.
"We are a community owned, not for profit hospital, and so taking care of our community means everything to us, and for the community to support this endeavor through the Albertville Police Department and then for the money to come back to us, it's just very special," Oliver adds.
"The communities from around have been just incredible with the t-shirt sales. We're still selling shirts every day," Smith said, "It's kind of a way to give back."
The shirts are $15 each for most adult sizes. Long sleeve shirts are $20. Kid's shirts are $10. You can order a Back the Blue wreath during the month of November by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may call 256-279-0631. The price is $18. Rubber wrist bracelets are $3.
You can buy any of the items from 8:00 a.m until 5 p.m. Monday - Friday at the Albertville Police Department.