Friends of Brookhaven is described as a “grass-roots effort to support the new city,” by member Shannon Cameron.
“Most of our members were involved with the campaign to establish Brookhaven and after that was accomplished, we wanted to continue to engage and support our city,” she said.
The first project the foundation wanted to tackle was raising money for the city to afford 64 automated external defibrillations, which can help victims of heart attacks, for police patrol cars.
The inspiration for the project came from a news story in Dunwoody.
“Back in July, an off duty officer in Dunwoody heard an emergency call about a man having a heart attack,” Cameron said. “He happened to be the closest person in the area and used an automated external defibrillator to save the man’s life.”
After learning the city was in need of the devices for its own police department, the foundation decided to raise money to pay for them.
“We collected donations through our Facebook page and website and we were thrilled with how many residents embraced the idea,” said member Beth Diersen.
The foundation raised $30,000 to afford the devices and presented the check to the city at Brookhaven’s one year birthday celebration last week.
“We were excited because we had big donations from businesses in Brookhaven, but the majority of our funds came from smaller donations from people we didn’t know throughout the community,” Cameron said.
In the future, the group would like to continue to help Brookhaven by bringing residents together.
“The defibrillators are expected to be delivered in February, so the foundation would like to host and organize CPR classes in each of the city’s districts to give residents some hands on training,” Cameron said.
Although the foundation was involved in the campaign to form Brookhaven, they emphasized its purpose is to make the city better through community efforts and remain a nonpolitical group.
“Our long term goal is to continue to support the city, make it better and be around for as long as possible,” Cameron said.
The group is planning on having its first meeting in January.