KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Support for Captain Dave Melton’s family and other police departments across the metro is growing. People are wondering what they can do to help ease the department’s pain following Melton's death in a shooting on Tuesday.
Kamryn and Dylan started a lemonade stand in the Northland to raise money for Melton’s family. They raised nearly $400 already.
At 8 and 11 years old the Gardner kids already know that Blue Lives Matter. After Melton's death, Kamryn drummed up an idea to give back.
“This little boy on the news the other day, he raised a lot of money for police officers, so we thought it would be a good idea,” she said.
They started selling lemonade Tuesday afternoon, and the support was overwhelming. Clay County sheriff's deputies stopped for pictures, and even learned a few dance moves.
“It was kind of nice that they were coming out here just to get some lemonade from us and see what we were kind of doing,” said Dylan.
“They came down because they live in the neighborhood and they were playing basketball,” said Kamryn.
Now Gardners are back at it again, selling lemonade in the Hunters Glen neighborhood.
Gregg Katz is also collecting money. He and other cab drivers are teaming up to buy gifts cards for cops.
“It’s necessary because they put their lives on the line every day more so now than ever before. It’s not just them going in to work to protect and serve. They literally have to look over their shoulders and be concerned about people walking up towards them,” said Katz.
Katz will give the gifts cards to Olathe police and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.
A Lee’s Summit photographer is offering her expertise to capture moments that cash can’t buy. Rebecca Hensiek is offering police officers and their family’s free family photos.
“I feel like I’m not doing enough as is. I just feel like those memories are so precious. When you have a photograph, I’m giving back to those who keep us safe,” she said.
For more information on her offer, click on this link.
Back at the lemonade stand, the siblings are hoping to collect even more dollars and coins to donate to Capt. Melton’s family.