The Wellington Police Department is selling pink patches and raffle tickets to win a quilt or a sign with the proceeds going to Victory in the Valley - a non profit organization that provides hope, encouragement and practical services to people battling cancer.
“I think it’s a good way to invest in this community,” Wellington Police Dept. Detective Bobby Wilson said. “Cancer affects everybody - a family member, a friend, a business partner - somebody’s going to know somebody who has cancer. This is just a way to say, ‘Hey, we care about people in our town.’”
The pink patch project was started in 2013 by a police department in Seal Beach, California, a community of around 24,000, located 28 miles east of Los Angeles. Since then, the project has been picked up by 390 agencies, of which Wellington is one.
People can support the project by purchasing a pink patch for $5 each and/or buying a raffle ticket for the quilt or for the sign at $5 for one ticket each or five tickets for $20. There are two raffles - one for the quilt and one for the sign. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the Dec. 7 Wellington Area Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. at Daylight Donuts. The winners will be contacted. They do not have to be present to win.
The patches were made by Emblem Authority, a company that specializes in custom made law enforcement patches. Karen Fuchs, a retired counselor with Wellington schools, designed the quilt, and Dallas Murphy, a former police officer who owns a sign company in Harper, made the sign.
This is the second year Wellington Police have been involved in the pink patch project and the first year it has done raffles. Wilson got the idea to lead the project in Wellington from a friend, Rudy Perez, a school resource officer in Los Angeles.
The Wichita Police Department received $2,800 in donations last year and Wilson said it would be nice if Wellington could hit $3,000 with donations this year, but said “they have more people,” Wilson said.
“If the money helps get someone to therapy or treatment or buys them a hair piece, that makes it worthwhile,” Wilson said.
Wilson emphasized the word “serve” in law enforcement’s duty to “serve and protect.”
“We as law enforcement have to serve our community,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to know we’re helping these people out.”
Anyone wishing to buy a patch or raffle ticket can come by the Wellington Police Department at 200 N. C Suite 100, call (620) 326-3331 or email Wilson at email@example.com.