Tennessee resident organizes Back the Blue Day to honor law enforcement

Authored By chloe.morrison

A Tennessee resident is using her online ministry to honor law enforcement. 

“I believe that so many of us have been wanting to do something,” Ashley Shepherd said. “There’s been so much tragedy.”

Shepherd’s site is called BeautifullyDesigned.com, and she said it draws participation from more than 15,000 women all over the world.

After being in Dallas and witnessing the funerals for officers killed in a mass shooting, she felt moved to do something. So she picked a date-Aug. 1-to encourage people around the state to give something back to law enforcement through Back the Blue Day.

She’s encouraging individuals to take time out and bring members of law enforcement anything from a bottle of water to a hug. She doesn’t encourage homemade items, though, she said. 

Some Tennessee cities have organizers who will collect items to be dropped off, and individuals can just stop by their local precincts in other areas, she said. 

“We are encouraging everyone to wear blue and love on the officers if they see one during the day,” Shepherd also said. 

Residents in more than 500 cities in all 50 states have said they will participate. 

Anyone who wants more information can contact Shepherd via email at [email protected]

Updated @ 9:54 a.m. on 7/28/16.