When I was 10 years old, I went through the D.A.R.E. program. I grew close with my cer, Officer Josh King of the Chesterfield Police Department and when D.A.R.E. was over, he asked me if I wanted to volunteer at some community events with the police department. After meeting more officers, and getting to work more closely with Officer Josh, I began to ask questions about law enforcement and realized how dangerous emergency responding can be. So at only 12 years old, I started Rockin? 4 Relief.
What we do is we rock in a rocking chair for 10 hours outside of different Dierbergs locations (a local grocery chain) in the St. Louis area. Donations are made by pledges, or people dropping money in the donation boxes as they come in and out of the store. Each year, Dierbergs has let us use more of their locations and our goal is to have 24 of them in the 2013 event.
We have grown exceptionally in the past 4 years and we have plans to grow even further. Our first year, we rocked at a local gym and raised $751.01; and our most recent event, we had 15 Dierbergs locations, 84 volunteers, and we raised $19,387.08. We?ve raised a cumulative total of $44,718.27, which includes a $13,000 donation from Ms. Oprah Winfrey. Click here to learn more about her donation.
Over the years, I?ve grown up with the Chesterfield Police Department, the Monarch Fire Protection District, and many officers from other departments and I now want to become a police officer myself one day. I can?t thank them enough for their service and support! Stay safe, everyone.
Rockin' 4 Relief 2013 is currently scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd. You can see locations here. Rockin' 4 Relief is officially a 501(c)3 as of April 29th, 2013.
Click here to see News Links from the past year.