Neighbors in the Heritage Pointe subdivision in Wentzville opened a lemonade stand to support the Wentzville Police Department.
In all, residents collected more than $1,200 in donations. A portion of the money was used to create wristbands containing a special message.
“’Always make it home’ and ‘Be safe’ - reminding us that they support us,” Wentzville Sgt. Jennifer Bell said.
The remainder of the donations will support the police department’s K9 program. Bell said one of the children in the neighborhood wants to be a K9 officer when she grows up.
The K9 program has proven to be effective. Thursday afternoon, Wentzville K9 Zeus recovered a gun and illegal drugs from a vehicle during a traffic stop. The driver was pulled over for stolen license plates, police said.
Recent events involving violence against law enforcement inspired the children to come up with the lemonade stand, Bell said. She said she is grateful for the outpouring of the support from the community. Bell said she and others in the department wear the bracelets every day.