News from the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation
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We are happy to share with you Smyrna Public Safety Foundation's 4th quarter newsletter. I hope you enjoy seeing all we have accomplished in 2022.
We are so excited for 2023 and know our mission to Encourage and Strengthen the partnerships between the community and its public safety personnel will continue to grow stronger together.
Thank you, best wishes this 2023.
Smyrna Public Safety Foundation is pleased to announce our first annual Heroes and Hot Rods Car Show. Come out and join us for a night out with the family. The event is free to attend, SPSF will accept donations as we continue to support our Smyrna Public Safety Personnel.
This night will not only have some of the most amazing cars to see, for the kids we will have 4-6 Touch a Truck that will include Fire Truck, SWAT Truck, Police Car, Barrow Wrecker and more.
Food trucks and King Pops will be on site along with our amazing Market Village ready to serve. The Vineyard Wine Market, Village Bourbon & Cigar, Atkins Park Tavern, Zucca's Bar and Pizzeria, The Corner Taquia and so much more.
EVENT IS FREE FOR THE PUBLIC
Smyrna First Baptist Church
1275 Church St SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
The Tillman House offers an after-school program to one of our Smyrna Elementary Schools. Our SPD and SFD are showing up for these kids, and the kids love seeing the cars and truck.
In May we helped supply diapers, wipes, water, Gatorade and snacks to one of the Smyrna Police Officers. Officer Santos loves her community and displays her caring heart by handing out diapers and wipes to families in need and she plays basketball with local kids every week. After they are done playing basketball, she provides them all with water and a snack. It is an honor to serve our police and have partnerships within our community who give back. Thank you, Oakdale Church of God, for providing water and snacks, diapers and wipes.
Touch a truck field day at Belmont Hills, SPD, SWAT, SFD, Barrow Wrecker, Smyrna City Trucks and Tractors. The children enjoyed interacting with our police, K-9 Max and our firefighter. They got a chance to see SWATBot on the move a remote-controlled robot.
SPSF is a member of Smyrna Business Association, in April this month we hosted our first Alive After Five networking event at Fire Station 1. We had 40 come out for Nachos, quesadillas by Chuy’s Tex Mex and after a little networking, we received a tour of the fire station.
This Public Safety Communications Week, we served our 911 Dispatch, SPD and SFD pies from Southern Baked Pie. This past Hero Gala two very kind residence bid on feeding our police and firefighters. We were thrilled to hand deliver the warm and tasty pies.
SPSF hosted our first annual golf tournament at Dogwood Golf Course. The event was a success with 101 golfers 17 sponsors and over 20 volunteers. This is sure to be an outing that will continue for many years to come. Keep an eye out on our facebook page and website for updates. This year the foursomes and sponsorships went fast. Thank you, Adventure Outdoors as our Chief Sponsor.
April – was a very exciting and busy month. Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, hosted our first golf tournament and Alive After Five networking event, served our public safety pies for communications week, handed out blankets to our police officers and went to Belmont Hills Elementary School to touch a truck, and Tillman House.
SPSF teamed up with SFD to relaunch the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This is a 9-week national program. CERT teaches citizens how to better prepare themselves for hazards that may affect their community. CERT trains in basic disaster response skills such as team organization, disaster medical operations, fire safety, and light search and rescue. CERT will be offered 2 times a year, spring, and fall. The schedules will differ per session to help accommodate multiple schedules.
We were invited to tour Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service and shared our appreciation for the years of support.
Keeping with appreciating our sponsors, our long-time sponsors Cumberland Diamond Exchange and Kenny’s Great Pies, welcomed SPSF, SPD and SFD into their home so we could say thank you.
SPSF said thank you to our sponsors as we had them spend an evening with us at The Vineyard Wine Market. Thank you to Anthony Alverez, for hosting this great event.
SPSF is continuing to stay very active in our community. In January we received many box lunches from our partner Amazon. We spent the day picking up the food and delivering to a Oakdale Church of God’s food pantry who delivered the food to homeless shelters and Senior Citizens in need.
Smyrna Public Safety Foundation celebrated our 10th Annual Smyrna Hero Gala on Friday November 5, 2021. We were so excited to see familiar and many new faces, as we set out to raise much needed funds. We celebrated with over 170 people, had over 30 silent auction items and dinner that was made possible by our local businesses. We are so thankful to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers who help make this night happen once again.
While the Hero Gala is in the books for 2021, we still need your support. Please help us support our Public Safety Personnel, they show up for us, let's show up for them.
Smyrna Public Safety Foundation has been blessed by many of our local and surrounding community businesses. Thank you to Chuy’s Mexican Grill (Kennesaw) and Zaxby’s Smyrna for providing each fire station with Lunch (chips, salsa and chicken sandwich). Chuy’s staff went above and beyond and wrote on each stations bag, thank you for their service. This is the kind of partnerships SPSF is so honored to have, ones who care enough to send their best for our BEST.
Through our partnership with Walmart Austell, we delivered composition notebooks to our local elementary school.
Austell Walmart has once again stepped up to help Smyrna Public Safety Foundation. When there is a need the very active and generous store manager Antoine, contacted us asking if he could donate composition notebooks and school uniforms for any of our schools. We gladly accepted picked up a pallet and started delivering that day notebooks and uniforms. We were able to help students start the new year with shirts, pants, and notebooks. Thank you to SPD and SFD in assisting with the delivery of these items.
Partnering with Cobb Executive Women and MUST Ministries handing out meals to our community.
Smyrna Public Safety Foundation is staying active throughout our community and partners with Cobb Chamber and other non-profits to make a difference in Cobb County. This past June, we joined CEW and MUST Ministries to distribute food to families who need a little help and encouragement. The saying “it is better to give than receive” forgot to mention, the words of appreciation from those receiving, turn out to be the best gifts to those who gave.
Hosted a Peanut Butter and Jelly drive with our partner Fifth Third Bank, so our children would have breakfast and lunch.
A partnership with Fifth Third Bank begin early this year, a conversation was how can we work together and give back to our community children. We took that conversation and moved forward with a hope to provide lunch for 100 children that would be there for them once the school year ended. This was much bigger than we even dreamed would happen. Our community is the most amazing, caring and giving group of businesses and citizens. We (Fifth Third Bank and SPSF) came together can collected over 300 jars of peanut butter, 300 jars of jelly, over 100 loaves of bread, cases of water, boxes of cereal, cereal bars and bags of chips. We were so excited to be able to give these children and their families enough food for breakfast and lunch. Thank you so much to many partnerships, to mention some (Kroger, FullScope Sports, Oakdale Church of God, Smyrna Prep School, American Legion Post 160 and the many citizens who stopped and dropped off food. Fifth Third Bank and SPSF was so proud to see our Police and Fire departments help as we loaded the items in the cars.
Delivered thousands of bottled waters to our elementary schools, due to COVID.
In January SPSF became aware of a need within our elementary public school for water. Schools were not able to allow students to drink from the drinking fountains due to COVID, which kept students who did not have access to a refillable water bottle unable to get a drink during the day. Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, jumped into action and immediately started reaching out to find someone to provide us cases of water. We were successful in gaining a partnership with Convoy of Hope, who delivered 7 pallets of water making it possible for SPSF, SPD and SFD to deliver to our elementary schools, a high school thousands bottle of water.
Handed out COVID sanitation kits to our police, fire and community.
Amazon another great partner to SPSF, was so gracious to contact us wanting to provide our Smyrna Police and Fire departments with COVID sanitizing kits. These kits included masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer that could be kept in our first responder vehicles and handed out to those in need. Not only did we deliver boxes of kits to the police and fire departments, we were able to once again reach out to our community and hand them out to shelters, food pantries, and other non-profits to help our outstanding citizens who have a need.
Handed out warm sweatshirts to those in dire need, donated by a local business.
Smyrna Public Safety Foundation has made many new business connections within our community this past year. Through these connections, we have been able to provide much needed items to our city and surrounding communities. I received a call from a local warehouse wanting to donate hoodies to a local shelter or non-profit who had a need for clothing items. Soon after the call, we identified The Extension out of Marietta who have helped hundreds of homeless men and women in Cobb County take control of their lives back from drug and alcohol. These men and women walk to and from their jobs and in the wintertime, they need clothing to keep them warm. So, with the help of our warehouse partner, SPSF was able to deliver 80 hoodies to provide warmth and hope to those who are working hard to make changes.
April was a month of Honor and Remembrance to Office Ewing #1392 and his family. Smyrna Public Safety Foundation Benevolence program is to be there in support for the Men and Women in Public Safety who have urgent needs. The funds we raise throughout the year provide financial support for the public safety employees and/or their immediate families in cases of line of duty injury or death or hardships. This year SPSF purchased the wreaths that were placed at the memorial wall in Marietta and at the crash site. We (SPSF) couldn’t be more honored to serve our men and women who so graciously and bravely keep us safe.