Three Bristol children recently took it upon themselves to help raise money for the police department’s K9 program through a bottle and can drive. “It exploded,” said Erin Thibodeau, the mother of the children, who raised $310.
On Thursday, Thibodeau brought her daughter, 7-year-old Autumn, to the police department to give officers the money the children raised and meet one of the K9s. Her other two children who helped, 10-year-old Ryan and 14-year-old Christopher, could not make the visit.
After recently reading an article in The Bristol Press about what it costs to buy a police-trained dog, Thibodeau said she had talked about it and her children became interested in helping police.
The city in May announced it is trying to raise $50,000 to buy two police dogs trained in drug detecting. The article sparked Autumn and Ryan to come up with the idea to raise money for the cause. They talked about doing a bottle and can drive, and originally wanted to keep it to just friends and family. Thibodeau, though, had the idea of posting something to the Facebook group “Bristol Talks.”
Thibodeau said she would regularly find 10 garbage bags filled with recyclables outside her home. When she would take them to a relative’s to store them before redemption, she said, she would come home and find 20 more bags.
“Thank you very much for all your efforts,” Lt. Jason Warner told Autumn.
“It was all them,” Thibodeau said of her children.
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