The 10-4 Project held its first event July 3 outside the First Baptist Church of Festus/Crystal City, collecting snacks and gift cards for local police officers.
About $3,280 in gift cards and cash was collected, and the cash was used to buy additional gift cards to restaurants and stores, like Amazon, Lowe’s, Starbucks and Target. The group also collected enough to fill four vehicles with water, Gatorade, protein bars, trail mix, chips, beef jerky, homemade cookies and more, 10-4 Project founder Emily Moore of Festus said.
The donations were given to Festus and Crystal City police officers and dispatchers, as well as Missouri Sate Highway Patrol troopers who work in the area.
The project was named after the “10-4” phrase used in radio communication that means “message received.” The project’s motto is “We hear you. We see you. We support you,” Moore said.
“It (10-4 Project) was created as a way for the community to show support and appreciation for our law enforcement,” she said. “We set up a Facebook event and invited all of our local friends to donate.”
Moore created 10-4 Project with her friend, Stephanie Cozine of Festus, who is married to a police officer. When they could not find any efforts supporting their local law enforcement, they decided to create their own, Moore said.
“The police officers were so grateful for our show of support and love,” she said. “It was more of a success than either of us imagined it would be.”
Moore said the project included many volunteers, including members of a local American Heritage Girl’s troop.
The 10-4 Project plans to hold another event to benefit the Hillsboro and De Soto police departments, Moore said.
Updates on the project will be posted on the 10-4 Project Facebook page.