Olathe residents plan to show officers appreciation on a daily basis for the next year

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Some say it's an effort that's long overdue.

A group of people from Olathe is showing admiration for local police. They believe sometimes, a little extra support and love goes a long way.

Monday marks the beginning of a love story that should last for an entire calendar year. Darielle McGriff is a mother of four from Olathe, and the founder of Olathe Ctizens Showing their Love. Monday is the first day of her 365-day plan to show respect to local law enforcement officers.

“We want to say thank you on a daily basis,” McGriff said, while standing in the lobby of the Olathe Police Department

McGriff says it all began with a signup sheet, which amounts to a calendar that designates volunteers from the community to perform acts of kindness for the police in Olathe.

“It means the world to us. I just want you to know that,” McGriff told members of the Olathe Police Department.

In under two weeks, McGriff has collected 185 signatures on her signup sheet. They're commitments from people in Olathe to deliver encouragement to Olathe's police officers. In the McGriff family's case, support arrived in the form of two big sheet cakes.

“We decided why not celebrate them for 365 days and create a signup sheet. Before you knew it, thanks to some wonderful friends on Facebook, sharing and sharing,” McGriff told FOX 4 News.

Recent headlines have been filled with turbulent moments for police, some of which have resulted in officers losing their lives. McGriff says it’s time to concentrate on the positives.

Miles McGriff, 12, is one of Darielle's four kids. He says when he's older, he's targeting a career in law enforcement.

“The police don't get thanked every day like they should for working as hard as they can. We're doing this to show our love and respect for them,” Miles McGriff said.

Olathe Police Sgt. Bryan Hill says this support is special because it involves young people.

“It's really beneficial to us to see that our community supports us,” Sgt. Hill said.

McGriff says the deliveries will vary from day-to-day, but the end goal is still the same. Food deliveries aren't the only means of showing support. Hand-written notes of thanks and cash donations to the Olathe Police Foundation are other options. McGriff hopes, in one year, Olathe is a closer city, and its police know how much they're appreciated.

The group still has a few open spots on its calendar for the next six months.

Click here and you’ll find the group’s Facebook page, where you can get in touch with its organizers.

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