Believe in Buckner Launches Community Initiatives
Oct 29, 2015
Believe in Buckner, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, has plans to build a Pavilion on the southwest corner of Hudson and Adams. The pavilion is slated to be 20 x 16 – with open sides – that could be used for a stage area to host community events. The lot would share both the proposed pavilion and parking area, which is a need for downtown Buckner.
“This will have to be a community effort,” said Mike Larkin, the organization’s president. “We are reaching out to the community for donations, volunteers and dedication from people who want to better the community.”
In a first-time move, Believe in Buckner is also bringing “Shop with a Cop” to the city. The program allows disadvantaged and/or at-risk youth in Buckner, Sibley and Levasy, ages 8 to 12, to shop with a Buckner Police Department officer for Christmas gifts. Participating children will be identified by schools, churches, youth organizations and social service organizations. At least 10 children will be allotted money to purchase gifts for his or her family, as well as gifts for themselves.
Parents are asked to bring their children to Buckner City Hall on December 19, 2015. Ununiformed police officers will volunteer their time to have lunch with the youth at 11 a.m. Afterward, children will participate in a law enforcement procession and head to the stores to shop with their “Cop for the Day.”
“We are really excited to help with the Shop with a Cop program,” Larkin said. “We think it’s a really great program. At a time when you hear so much negativity about the police, it gives children a chance to have positive interactions with the police department. I’m just really glad we are able to help out with that.”
The program aims to deter children from crime and violence. To donate, make checks payable to Believe in Buckner (memo: Shop with a Cop) and send or deliver in c/o Larkin Contracting, P.O. Box 167, 305 S. Hudson Street, Buckner, Mo. 64016.
All donations are tax deductible.