As captain and co-captain, respectively, of the Douglasville Police Department’s Relay for Life Team, Detective Donna Kimbrell and civilian employee Beth Phillips are always searching for ways to increase the team’s annual contributions to the American Cancer Society.
This year, they are again using Valentine’s Day as an incentive by having the community purchase roses from them, which will be available for pickup Friday.
Although the annual Relay for Life event is not until May, Phillips said the team is using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to raise additional funds for cancer research.
In addition to the roses, the team is selling cookies and other baked goods.
The police department has been out front in raising funds through its Relay for Life participation, said Kimbrell, who is a cancer survivor herself.
In the Relay for Life event last year, the department’s team raised $24,000, the most by any of the Douglas County event’s relay teams, Phillips said.
The Valentine’s Day roses fundraiser also gives the team an opportunity to “get the word out” that this year’s event, which has as its theme, “Making Cancer Walk the Plank,” will be at a new location at Clinton Nature Preserve at 8720 Ephesus Church Road in Villa Rica.
“The Relay for Life event will be much better at the Clinton Nature Preserve as there is more parking available that is convenient to the relay race location,” Phillips said.
Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack, who said he has already placed his Valentine roses order this year, said he could not be more proud of his department’s fund-raising efforts.
However, the department’s efforts this year have a deeper meaning as it lost one of its own, Tina Newborn, to cancer last December,.
“Our police department is more than just chasing bad guys,” Womack said. “Our department is not only a family, but we are a part of this community and, as such, we are heavily involved in the Douglasville community we serve.”
Kimbrell said the Valentine roses must be ordered through her and picked up at the police department headquarters Friday. No deliveries will be made.
For more information, call (678) 414-2843.