Blue Springs restaurant’s show of support for police leads to big donations for charity

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- It's a show of support for metro police, one piece of tape at a time.

The owner of a Blue Springs restaurant puts her own type of blue line up to support the thin blue line of the police force.

Erika Brackenberry said she saw a story on FOX 4 about a man putting blue tape on his car to support police. That story turned into her inspiration.

Brackenberry decided to add blue tape to her family's restaurant, Sandy's Restaurant.

Pictures of the tape on the windows were shared so much on social media that she decided to rally support for the Shop with a Cop program.

"That is for underprivileged children in our community to go shopping for gifts for their families, and the kids don't know, but the cops go shopping for the children as well, so they get to wake up Christmas morning with a bunch of gifts," Brackenberry said.

The community raised more than $11,000 for the cause, and as a thank you, the mayor of Blue Springs declared Sept. 26 as "Sandy's Restaurant Day" in the city.