MOUNT VERNON — The citizens of Mount Vernon are rallying behind the Arms of an Angel Foundation to raise $18,000 in private donations to purchase and train a drug/patrol K-9 unit for the Mount Vernon Police Department.
“It’s time to take our community back and give our police officers more protection,” commented Dave Culbertson, president and co-founder of Arms of an Angel Foundation. Culbertson and his wife, Ellen, founded the drug awareness outreach organization in February 2009, following the tragic overdose death of their son, Carl. Since then, Dave Culbertson has spoken to more than 17,000 young people throughout the state on fighting peer pressures and making good decisions. He also speaks to adult groups to spread awareness.
After asking local detectives and other officials what was needed by local police to help fight drugs and help prevent and/or prosecute other crimes, the overwhelming answer was a police dog. Then Culbertson saw an interview of Chief Roger Monroe saying, that due to budget cuts, if they ever wanted to have a K-9 unit, it will have to come from private funds.
Arms of an Angel has distributed fundraising jars to local businesses and soon to be in schools. It has also set up an easy-to-donate online system through Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County at www.mvkcfoundation.org. Tax deductible receipts are emailed back to donors immediately.
Concerned citizens may also donate by check, made out to Arms of an Angel Foundation, 1485 Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
“We want this to be a community-wide fundraising campaign, from elementary school kids to every day community residents. This is our community … this will be our dog,” Culbertson said.
In the spirit of cooperation, local veterinarian Amanda Rogers Ondick of Complete Care Animal Hospital has offered her services free for the life of the dog.
For more information about Arms of an Angel Foundation, check out www.ArmsOfAnAngel.org.