Jasper High School Senior James Pulliam wants to make sure that police have what they need to do their job.

A Jasper High School senior student has launched a project to collect items for local police officers which, although they’re not supplied by the department, he feels that officers could use in their everyday duties.

James Pulliam is both an academic and athletic standout student. In addition to being on the Jasper powerlifting and track teams, he’s also a member of the National Honor Society, and it’s through that distinguished organization that he is taking on his project.

James explained what lead him to this idea. “I was on the internet one day and I follow this YouTube channel, a former cop and he was in the Navy, and he did this thing for his local police department where he made care packages for the officers in the police force”, said James.

According to James, the items that he is trying to gather are very useful to officers, but because the department doesn’t supply them, the officers have to spend money out of their own pockets. James said “Things that the department doesn’t necessarily give their officers. High quality pens that the officers use for their own use, cheaper pens that they can give out and they don’t have to worry about getting them back, baby wipes for those unfortunate situations and for fingerprint dust”.

James noted that it’s not just what officers need for the mechanical part of the job, but also things that they may need as a result of the job, such as Ibuprofen for headaches, antacid for heartburn, and hand sanitizer after dealing with some unpleasant situations.

Also, James said that they’ll turn to local restaurants. “Food gift cards, ranging from $25.00 to $30.00 that they can use at different restaurants in Jasper”, James said.

How is a high school kid going to accomplish this? James said he is going to local businesses in Jasper and asking them for sponsorship, and he said the ultimate goal is to raise about $1,000.00 from about ten different businesses. According to James, in return for a $100.00 donation from a business, the business name and contact information will be on an advertisement card that will be placed in each of the care packages.

James says if you’re a business owner, you may receive a visit from a National Honor Society student very soon, “This project, I came up (with) on my own, but I’m doing the service through the National Honor Society. So, there’s going to be a couple of different members from the society that are going to go out and ask different businesses for this, but, I’m chartering this project”, said James.

If you would like more information about the project, email James Pulliam at jamesrp968595@gmail.com

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