Online comment sparks movement, community support for 165 Lenoir Co. law enforcement officers

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The climate across the country between law enforcement and communities has been strained.

In eastern North Carolina, one community wanted to show their support for local officers and started at home.

“It started simply with a comment on social media,” commented Trey Mooring.

And it quickly turned into a movement to support law enforcement in Lenoir County.

“There are 165 law enforcement officers throughout Lenior County in different agencies, so we were able to put together 165 bags so every officer received a bag that consisted of lots of different items,” explained Mooring.

Little did the departments know they would soon have some much-needed supplies.

“They showed up in about 3 or 4 cars and they were all packed full of these bags,” said Maj. Ryan Dawson, Lenoir Co. Sheriff’s Office, who added they received 80 of the bags.

He said he knew the bags represented a lot of the community’s time because of the items were included, “They were items that we as cops use every day that they definitely put some thought into to figure out what we needed.”

Dawson said the act of kindness is truly appreciated by the officers, deputies, and troopers who received the bags, “Our community here in Lenoir County, they help us when it comes to combating crime but they also help us by just saying thank you and giving you that pat on the back because, unfortunately, it’s not always everyone that wants to do that.”

Those responsible for the bags said no gesture is ever too small because who knows what may come out of your efforts.

“We saw that we could do something at a local level, in our community,” said Mooring. “It didn’t need to be nationwide. We could start small and turn this into something a lot bigger than what we had expected.”

Dawson said other members of the community have stepped up to show their support for officers. And the community responsible for the bags, they said they may continue to show their support if more people are interested in getting involved.

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