‘Back the Blue’ T-shirts support local law enforcement
— A new campaign is allowing town residents to wear their support for local law enforcement on their sleeve — literally.
Rising Sun Commissioner Joe Shephard came up with the idea to sell T-shirts for $20 to support law enforcement as well as two local charities. The black shirts have white and blue letters across the front that read
“Rising Sun Police Department.” In black and white on the back is the town seal surrounded by a blue shield underneath the words “Back The Blue.”
“We were trying to really find a way for people to get involved with law enforcement,” Shephard said Tuesday.
Proceeds from the sales of the shirts will be split between the town’s annual law enforcement breakfast in January and the Cecil Coun- ty Shop With A Cop program for disadvantaged children.
“Rising Sun is really involved with that,” the commissioner said.
Several of the board members and every officer from the town police department took part in last year’s SWAC. Children identified by their schools or other organizations are paired with a uniformed officer to shop for themselves and their families just before Christmas.
The Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast salutes all first responders with a hot meal. It’s a tradition that was started almost three years ago by then-Commissioner Jennifer Scully. Shephard said people are eager to help with the breakfast, but not all are able to be there in person to serve.
“They can buy a shirt just to support them or to help with the breakfast,” he reasoned. “A lot of people want to help but they just don’t have the time.”
To test the waters, Shephard said only 100 shirts were ordered but more than half have already been sold.
“We’ve already had people inquiring about kid sizes and larger adult sizes,” he said. “We started with the popular sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large. We didn’t want to get stuck with shirts.”
However, if the success continues, Shephard plans to get more sizes.
“We’re hoping we’ll have to order more,” he said.
The shirts are available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Rising Sun Town Hall. Cash and checks are accepted.
Construction on the Route 272 bridge is expected to resume in the spring.
Rising Sun is selling these T-shirts to raising funds for the annual law enforcement breakfast and Cecil County Shop With A Cop campaign. The shirts are available for $20 each at town hall.