Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bitty Bug Designs for Care of Officer James Winslow

There are days when an outfit post or shop update just won't cut it. Today is one of those days. I have a very pressing matter to discuss and although I am not able to help on my own, this might give us ALL a chance to make a difference.
Please see donation opportunities at the bottom of this post.
Our friend, Neil (left) and his brother and best friend, Officer James Winlsow (right)

The younger brother of one of mine and Husband's dear friends is a police officer in Suffolk, Virginia. Young, fairly new to the profession, and hot off the newlywed bandwagon, James Winslow has been nothing but a sweet, Southern, dedicated gentleman since we met. He forcefully followed his dream to become a police officer and is a wonderful one. Unfortunately, with that territory, comes the high risk of danger. Fearlessly, Officer James Winslow "responded to a call around 8:26 a.m. (on Saturday, May 19) for a stolen vehicle when he chased (Joseph) Staton into a wooded area. Once he was in the woods, Staton reportedly used a blunt object to strike Officer Winslow in the face, where he suffered serious head injuries as well as injuries to his arms.
"When additional police officers responded to the scene, they found the assaulted officer lying unconcious. Winslow was flown by Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he remains in critical condition at this time." - WAVY News 10
More of the story can be found here.
Suspect, Staton, found.
Officer Winlsow has undergone intensive surgery and is stable and recovering. We don't know how long he'll be in the hospital, but we do know that he will be recovering and out of work for quite a while. The Suffolk Police Officers Local 780 have set up a fund to help during this period of time for Officer James Winlsow and his wife, Sarah. Because I am unable to send a chunk of helpful money to donate to this fund, I thought about it for a while, and figured I could open the opportunity up to everyone possible. We can help Officer Winslow and his family through this TOGETHER. I am contacting 31 of my fellow bloggers to see if they will participate in spreading the word. You can also blog about this or share the link to this post on your Facebook page. 

50% of ALL proceeds from now until June 15 will be mailed via check to -
Fund for Officer James Winslow
Monarch Bank
2999 Corporate Lane
Suffolk, VA 23434
ATTN: Suffolk Police Officers, in c/o Officer James Winslow
If you would like to send a donation, please write "Officer James Winslow" in the memo line.
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To make a purchase and donate to the Fund for Officer James Winslow, please visit Bitty Bug Designs on Facebook and either send me an email: OR a message through the facebook page. Items in the shop are ready-to-ship, unless otherwise noted. EVERYTHING can be custom-ordered. Choose a fabric from the swatches album or send a special request.

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