Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message

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MARIETTA, GA – As thousands gather for National Police Week this May to honor and remember those in law enforcement who have lost their lives, one nonprofit organization will be providing scripture-based jewelry to families of fallen heroes, to share an uplifting message and bring comfort to them.

That nonprofit is Point 27, which stands for “Point to Christ.”

As our readers may remember from our previous article on Point 27, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit was founded in 2014 by retired Army Colonel David Dodd.   This organization has provided heartwarming scriptural messages of hope and encouragement in the form of jewelry for thousands upon thousands of members of the military, members of law enforcement, and bereaved families of fallen heroes.

Colonel Dodd told us:

“Point 27’s mission is to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their family members, by sharing Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.  

“Shields of Strength Dog Tags and jewelry serve as physical reminders of God’s love, forgiveness, hope, and strength.  

“With my Identification Tags I wore a Shield of Strength Dog Tag engraved with Joshua 1:9 during combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

“That verse strengthened me then, and it encourages me today.”

Joshua 1:9 reads:

“Have I not commanded you? 

“Be strong and courageous. 

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

So buoyed by the message of his dog tag was Dodd that he arranged, while deployed, to distribute the same dog tag to members of the battalion under his command.

The recipients found that the inspiring message was a comfort to them, and Dodd from 2000 through 2011 continued to give away thousands of tags throughout the remainder of his career in the Army.

After his retirement from the Army, Dodd sought to continue his mission to distribute pieces engraved with scripture. Therefore, he founded Point 27, which not only distributes dog tags to members of the military, but also gives Thin Blue Line jewelry to those serving in law enforcement, and beautiful pieces to bereaved family members of the fallen.

So far, Point 27 has given Joshua 1:9 dog tags to 510,000 military service members, Thin Blue Line dog tags to over 250,000 members of law enforcement, and 38,000 folded flag pendants to bereaved families who have lost loved ones in military and law enforcement.

This brings us to National Police Week of 2022.

National Police Week brings together thousands of members of law enforcement and their families, to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  This year, National Police Week is from May 11 through May 16.

For the fourth year, Point 27 will be providing Shields of Strength jewelry to family members of fallen officers attending National Police Week.  In 2022, Point 27 will be distributing 5,950 pieces.

Dodd told us:

The purpose of the jewelry is twofold.  

“First, it is a tangible means to acknowledge the life and sacrifice of their Fallen Officer.  We want each survivor to know we are forever grateful for their officer and we will never forget their sacrifice.  

Second, the necklace is a physical reminder we are never alone.  God is with us always.  

“In the book of Joshua, God said, ‘Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”

Dodd continued:

“He is with each survivor and he loves them so much he sent his Son to die for them.  

“Jesus said, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’  

“At great costs, God provided a way for us to spend eternity in Heaven with Him and our loved ones.  Wearing His Word just inches from our heart is a powerful reminder of His love.”

Point 27 will be offering three pieces of jewelry at National Police Week.

One piece is a Thin Blue Line dog tag necklace.  One side features the Thin Blue Line flag.  The reverse displays Matthew 5:9, which reads:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Thin Blue Line dog tag, photo courtesy of Point 27
Thin Blue Line dog tag, photo courtesy of Point 27

The second piece is a beautiful necklace in the shape of an angel’s wing.  On the front, the Thin Blue Line flag is incorporated into the wing’s feathers.  On the reverse is the comfort of Psalm 91:11, which reads:

“He shall command His Angels to protect you wherever you go.”

Thin Blue Line Angel Wing necklace, Photo courtesy of Point 27
Thin Blue Line Angel Wing necklace, Photo courtesy of Point 27

The third piece is a necklace in the shape of a folded American flag.  On the reverse is the inspiring verse John 15:13, which reads:

“Greater love has no one than this:

“To lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Folded flag pendant, Photo courtesy of Point 27
Folded flag pendant, Photo courtesy of Point 27

In addition giving out those pieces to survivors at National Police Week, Point 27 also generously distributes scriptural jewelry to attendees of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) events.  C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting family members and co-workers of officers who have died in the line of duty.

As the jewelry’s recipients have attested, these pieces have a special place in the hearts of those who receive them, and they serve to help uplift and support survivors.

Dana Evans, survivor and Central Plains Region Trustee of the C.O.P.S. National Board, told us:

“I love to see the reactions of new survivors and seasoned survivors when they receive their necklace at NPW [National Police Week]!  

“The new survivors are still in awe of the support and compassion they are shown by organizations like Point 27/Shields of Strength; and the seasoned survivors are reminded that their officer was important and is remembered, and that they will never be alone on their journey.  

“I alternate wearing the different necklaces I’ve received at National Police Week and Adult Children’s retreat because each of them are like getting a hug from people who care.  

“If I happen to have two necklaces alike I keep one handy to share with another survivor who needs that hug!” 

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Jennifer Lee, survivor and treasurer of Northern California C.O.P.S. shared:

“I love getting the necklaces at NPW and my Fiancé/Significant Other Retreat. I always add the newest charm to my officer’s badge necklace that I wear daily. 

“Having lost so much already, the thin blue line necklace is a reminder that there is so much support out there on not only my worst days, but the good days also.” 

Sara Slone, Communications Director for C.O.P.S., told us:

“I have watched as survivors have come to claim their gift from Point 27 and Shields of Strength during National Police Week. 

“There have been some tears, but mostly just a feeling of gratitude of the support they are being given and for the honor their officers are receiving. 

“Those initial reactions are even more special as you see the necklaces around the survivors’ necks the entire week, knowing they have a little piece of strength as they navigate their grief.”

For those who are inspired to back Point 27 in its Godly mission to bring hope, inspiration, and comfort to law enforcement and families of the fallen, Point 27 provides an easy way to get involved.

Dodd told us:

“From my experience, a lot of people want to do something for the Lord and for first responders, they just don’t know what to do, or who to trust with their donated funds.  

“Point 27 is the answer they have been looking for.  For a $2.00 donation, they enable Point 27 to give God’s Word on a TBL [Thin Blue Line] dog tag to an officer.”

He added:

“The purpose of the dog tag is twofold.  

“First, it is a tangible way to thank an officer for their service and sacrifice.  They need to know they are appreciated and supported by good men and women.  They need to hear from the silent majority to better understand the vocal minority’s lies are not true.  

“Second, the tag is a physical reminder, we are never alone.  God is with each officer wherever they go.  On patrol, during an apprehension, consoling a victim, late at night when violence creeps into an officer’s dreams/nightmares.  

“God is there.”

Donors can support this worthy charity at this donation link for Point 27.

Point 27 is an all-volunteer organization with a number of volunteer positions available for those with a desire to help strengthen and encourage police officers and their family members.

Positions include website content manager, social media coordinator, writer, making phone calls to donors, and representing Point 27 while presenting Thin Blue Line dog tags to local law enforcement agencies.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Point 27 Team, please email David Dodd at [email protected].

For more information on Point 27, its origins, and its mission, please refer to the article below:

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Veteran-founded nonprofit shares scriptural messages of strength, hope with first responders, military, and bereaved families

Originally published November 10, 2021

MARIETTA, GA – One scripture-based necklace at a time, a veteran-founded nonprofit is spreading Godly messages of support and inspiration to our military, first responders, and Gold Star families.

501(c)(3) nonprofit Point 27 (“Point Two Seven”) was founded in 2014 by Colonel David Dodd, U.S. Army, Retired, in order to share hope and encouragement with thousands upon thousands of members of the U.S. military, first responders, and bereaved families of heroes.

The organization’s name stands for “Point to Christ,” and it has its origins in a scriptural message of strength and hope that Colonel Dodd and those under his command wore on dog tags during their deployments to the Middle East from 2001 to 2011.

After the terrorist attack on the United States on 9/11/2001, Dodd was deployed with his unit to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

While overseas, Dodd encountered a dog tag engraved with Joshua 1:9, which reads:

“I will be strong and courageous, I will not be terrified or discouraged, for the Lord my God is with me wherever I go.”

Dodd contacted Shields of Strength, the small company that manufactured those tags, to order 500 additional dog tags with that scripture. Owner and CEO Kenny Vaughan generously sent him the tags free of charge, and Dodd distributed the tags among all the members of the battalion under his command.

Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message
Military dog tag with Joshua 1:9, screenshot used with permission from Point 27

Those tags had an immensely positive and uplifting effect on all who received and wore them.

Dodd told us:

“That verse brought me comfort in times when things were out of my control, and I felt alone.  You just feel helpless when there are things that you can’t control, and you have responsibility to accomplish a mission.

“So, knowing that God was with me really strengthened and encouraged me.”

He continued:

“I saw soldiers that claimed to have no faith, or actually claimed to be atheist, they would take the dog tag and wear it….

“The soldiers, during periods of boredom, would take the dog tag out, and look at it, and, whether they realized it or not, they were meditating on God’s word.

“They would recognize it as truth, and then they would want to learn more. 

“So many times I had soldiers come back to me and ask me why I was giving the dog tag to each of them, and asked me about my faith, and I would have the opportunity to share the Gospel with them.”

Dodd continued sharing the tags with their uplifting message, and from 2001 through 2011, he gave away 10,000 of those Joshua 1:9 dog tags.

After his retirement from the Army, Dodd sought to continue to share the positive effects of the uplifting messages on the dog tags, and in 2014 he founded Point 27, with its mission to strengthen and encourage members of the armed forces with God’s Word, engraved on dog tags.

In short order, Dodd also added Thin Blue Line dog tags to encourage law enforcement, and beautiful folded flag pendants for families of fallen police officers or military members who had died in the line of duty.

On the Thin Blue Line dog tags is Matthew 5:9, which reads:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.”

The folded flag pendant reads:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:13.”

Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message
Folded flag necklace, photo courtesy of Point 27

So far, Point 27 has given Joshua 1:9 dog tags to 510,000 military service members, Thin Blue Line dog tags to over 220,000 members of law enforcement, and 29,000 folded flag pendants to bereaved families who have lost loved ones in military and law enforcement.

Reflecting on the Thin Blue Line dog tags, Dodd explained that the purpose of those particular tags is twofold.

He said:

“First, it’s a tangible way to say thank you to the officers, and to show appreciation, which is very important right now, because of the fact that they are just being beat up in the media….

“They are hearing daily, that they’re racist, they’re murderers, they’re abusive….

“They need to know that they are appreciated and that they are doing a good job.

“The second purpose of the dog tag is to serve as a physical reminder that we are never alone.  God is with us, always.”

Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message
Colonel David Dodd, video screenshot used with permission from Point 27

The uplifting journey of encouragement for Point 27 is far from over, as Dodd is determined to give these messages of hope to hundreds of thousands more who have served.

He told us:

“One of our goals is to give a Thin Blue Line dog tag to all one million law enforcement officers in the nation.”

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This sounds like quite a lofty goal indeed, but the Point 27 donation-funded, all-volunteer team works with enviable efficiency and a personal touch, to uplift those who have served.

Dodd told us:

“We have 35 volunteers across America.  Most of the volunteers are called Outreach Coordinators…..

“They will contact local police departments, sheriff’s departments in their area or across their entire state.  They will find out how many officers they have, and provide the chief’s name and mailing address, and they send that information to me.

“I will write a personal letter to the sheriff or the chief explaining who we are, what we are doing, and the purpose of the Thin Blue Line dog tag, and send the tags for the officers in their department….

“The distribution channel is always ready, and we can fill it as fast as the funds come in.”

Point 27 stands out not only in efficiency of operation, but also efficiency in stewardship of all donations.

Dodd explained:

“We are very frugal with the money God gives us through our donors.  We are extremely careful with what we do.

“A gold standard for a nonprofit is… if they can use 80 percent of a donation towards their mission, and 20 percent for overhead, which is administrative costs and fundraising expenses.

“We are using 95 percent of the donated funds toward our mission, and just 5 percent go to pay for administrative or fundraising expenses.”

 

Just as it was when he first started distributing dog tags, Dodd has found over the years that those who have received the tags have been touched, moved, and reassured.

He told us:

“Daily, I’m getting emails, texts, cards thanking us.  They are humbling.  I’ve had some of the hardest, toughest, strongest men – I’ve seen them tear up just by receiving that dog tag.

“This is a common reaction: An Outreach Coordinator will give one to somebody… and they will say, you have no idea what this means to me.  I needed it right now.”

For example, one Colorado detective wrote:

“It’s pretty amazing how something so small can bring so much clarity, comfort, support, and hope to someone in their time of need!!  We see and go through so much devastation, especially in our everyday line of work, that when it comes to our personal lives, we neglect ourselves and family when we think we are protecting them!

“Just being able to see the dog tag, immediately reminded me visually of why we do what we do…..then to hold it, take a deep breath and to reflect on the true meaning and support of that simple little dog tag, gave me life back!!!!  So many times, just something so simple as my thin blue line dog tag, truly has saved my life physically and mentally.  

“God is good and always remembering to take that time, take that deep breath, takes so much weight off of my shoulders…..it’s hard to describe just how uplifting and lifesaving my tag is to me, but it’s been life changing!!!!  Thank you for giving us such a powerful representation of God and what we first responders are, all in something so small!!!”   

Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message
Joshua 1:9 dog tag, video screenshot used with permission from Point 27

Another law enforcement officer wrote:

“From a personal stand point, when I received my Tag, it actually brought tears to my eyes. Reading the words engraved on the Dog Tag, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God,’ touched me so much that I joined Point 27 and became an Outreach Coordinator in the State of Florida.

“I have presented tags in Florida and Georgia. The response from Law Enforcement has ranged from a Sheriff being brought to tears as well as other officers, to receiving hugs and hand shakes from tough law enforcement officers and family members of Fallen Officers.

“Watching these officers place the tags around their necks and witnessing how much they mean to them is humbling. During these trying times in this country, it means so much to these officers that we are spreading God’s word engraved on a Dog Tag that hangs inches from their heart.  Gifting a Thin Blue Line Dog Tag to law enforcement officers, helps them to know how much they are truly appreciated.” 

Supporters of Point 27’s mission can easily help by making a one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation at this donation page.

Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message
Henry rifle, law enforcement edition, photo courtesy of Point 27
Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message
LE edition Henry rifle engraving detail, photo courtesy of Point 27

In addition, Point 27 is featuring an exciting raffle of a special law enforcement tribute edition of the Henry repeater rifle.

This rifle features custom engraving and badging, honoring those who hold the Thin Blue Line.

Nonprofit supports, comforts families of fallen heroes by sharing jewelry with uplifting message
LE edition Henry rifle details, photos courtesy of Point 27

Raffle tickets are available at the Point 27 website under the “Raffle” tab, singly or in groups of three to twelve.

The drawing will be held on January 9, 2022, which is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Touching again on the anti-police sentiment that is expressed so often today, Dodd told us:

“I think this is one of the most important times in history, that we need to get behind law enforcement.

“It’s so important to let them know the truth.  God is with them.  They’re not alone….

“We need to share God’s word with them and let them know that, all the noise, all the stuff that’s happening, if you just go back to the scriptures, you can find your strength. You can find your encouragement.  You can find truth.

“That’s our mission.”

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

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