Jenny Johnson says her sister, fallen officer Master Corporal Sandra Rogers, would not want her memory to be defined death.
"She'd want it to be more focused on the kids," Johnson says, "things she loved to do. Sandy and I are do-ers."
Each year they would team together with their mother to ensure children here at Helping Hands, a home for abused and abandoned children, had back to school supplies - small things like binders and backpacks - but things that make a big difference.
"They don't come in with their clothes or teddy bears or blankets, but they also don't come with school books," says Helping Hands Executive Director Carmen Landy. "When we have a child come in, we gotta outfit with everything they need as if it was the first day of school."
Right now, they have 30 students starting, but over the course of the year, they'll need enough supplies to give nearly 200 children a helping hand. When the drive was a family affair, they didn't need coverage and fanfare to make that happen:
"Silent donors," Landy says, "not looking for people to acknowledge, not looking for children to fall all over and thank them."
But now, Officer Roger's sister needs your help to make it happen.
"This is my second year without Sandy," Johnson says. "I say, 'I'm not going to do it,' but see, I'm doing it, I have to. I hear momma and my sister saying, 'You need to go do this for us and keep it going.'"
This year has a been a little more difficult than last.
"Unfortunately sometimes people do get forgotten about in years gone past," Johnson says.
But she hopes you'll help her help the children - because even if they never know Sandy Rogers' name, she will have touched their lives.
"It doesn't matter so long as they're living and they know they had a bag to start school just like everybody else," Johnson says. "They should start just like everybody else, not being told, 'I have this, you don't have that.'"
You can give at Jack Rogers Tire off Richland Avenue.
1336 Augusta West Parkway
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