Bringing Law Enforcement and Community Together for a Purpose
On most nights, residents of the Quality Inn on New York Avenue in Washington, DC are mostly concerned with the bare necessities of life such as peaceful rest and a healthy meal, but not tonight. Tonight, the 138 homeless families that call the hotel their home were treated to an amazing night of fun, gifts, clothes and food. The event, called “Hope for the Holidays” was organized by Kevin Copeland, a Medal of Valor winner and Detective with the Metropolitan Police Department. Copeland currently also serves as the President of the community-focused organization, “My Brother’s Keeper.” This event was supported by the Code 3 Association, Washington Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Army Reserve as well as McLean Bible Church. During the event over 200 books and toys were distributed, approximately 200 meals served and 40 coats distributed. Every child received at least one gift.
According to Copeland, “this event is a testament to the strength of our community; law enforcement and residents working together to change lives”. Copeland intends to make the event and annual outreach activity of his organization, as he believes that “we all have a purpose” and this event as well as other programs can help these residents find their way. Dale Sutherland, a former metro police officer and now President of Code 3 Association concurs with Copeland and intends to support the event next year.