The North Pole, as it has been appropriately nicknamed, was established in 1989. Because of an increasing need due to the rapidly growing number of survivor children who lost a parent in the line of duty and seeking to be in the gift program, it became necessary to construct a physical area capable of handling the requests and presents necessary to operate a national gift program. Today more than 900 children from almost every state in the United States and Puerto Rico participate in the gift program.
The North Pole is very active throughout the entire year handling birthday gifts for each and every child and young person in the program. The peak period when volunteers and special elves are most active is during the months of September and October when activities ramp up for the heavy volume brought on by the upcoming holidays. It is during this time when all children and young people, ages 0 to 17 years old, within the program will be receiving specially selected gifts and their parent(s) will also be receiving a card and a unique ornament gift as well. In 2016 gifts, ornaments and cards were sent out to more than 13,000 survivor children, parents and spouses through the compassions of the gift program.
The parents of fallen officers experience unimaginable sadness when they are forced to say goodbye to their son or daughter too soon. This sorrow can never be forgotten or overcome, which is why AFP&CC remembers the surviving parents each year on Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day by sending a card and small memento to be held as a keepsake. This gesture reminds parents that they are not alone in their grief and recognizes their loss, bringing comfort on what is often a difficult day.
Each year, on the one year anniversary of the officer’s death, to honor the fallen hero, AFP&CC sends a gift of remembrance to the officer’s family.
Remembering the children, spouses and parents of fallen officers with gifts throughout the year is a big part of the work done by the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens.Donate Now
The following story underscores the devastation these families experience. Nine years ago this wife and mother of two boys lived the nightmare of losing her husband when he was killed in the line of duty during the pursuit of a stolen car. She will never forget that terrible night and says, “My husband loved his job. He ate, slept, and lived for his job for 13 years. When he was killed, there went my life! Our boys were young – just five and nine years old – and couldn’t understand what had happened to their daddy!’ She remembers, “It took a good year for me to sort everything out. Oh, there were several organizations that helped, but only one stayed with our family year after year. That was AFP&CC’s Family Survivors Fund. They never forgot us. Never. The boys received birthday and Christmas gifts every year. Being a single mom, those remembrances mean the world to me now. Why, AFP&CC really became our family.” “When we’d go to the grave site on Fathers’ Day, we would always say, ‘We’ll never forget you, Daddy.’ And then we’d say, ‘Thank you AFP&CC for never forgetting, either. You are our lifeline to hope.’”
Dear APHF, The Missouri State Highway Patrol received the packet you sent in regard to the line of duty death of Trooper Frederick F. Guthrie, Jr. As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult time for the family, friends and coworkers of Trooper Guthrie. He was a man of conviction who spent his adult life serving Missouri’s citizens and those visiting our state. The information in the packet will be delivered personally to Trooper Guthrie’s family. I want to especially thank you for the monetary donation to the Guthrie family. Although no amount of money can take the place of a loved one, it helps to alleviate the financial burdens placed on a family during this stressful time. I appreciate the gesture very much, and I am sure the family appreciates it more than we will ever know. Trooper Guthrie’s death marks the loss of thirty officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Missouri as a member of the State Highway Patrol. The loss of a law enforcement officer is never easy. However, Trooper Guthrie’s family and the Patrol have received widespread support. On behalf of the Missouri State Highway patrol and the family of Trooper Guthrie, I would like to thank you for recognizing his sacrifice. Your sympathy and generosity are greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Colonel Ronald K. Replogle Superintendent Missouri Highway Patrol Jefferson City, MO
The American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens (AFP&CC) offers a number of programs and services that support the law enforcement community and specifically the surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty.