How You Can Help the Fallen DPD and DART Officers and Their Families

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DALLAS -- Children's show host Fred Rogers explained violence in a way that was intended for children but connects to the humanity within us all.

"Always look for the helpers," Rogers said. "There will always be helpers. If you look for the helpers, you'll know that there's hope."

The helpers were plentiful Thursday night as Dallas was left feeling helpless following the violent shooting of 12 Dallas Police and DART Officers, leaving five of them dead.

The role of the helpers extends well past what turned into a downtown battleground Thursday, though.

"There will be people that want to step up," said Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas Executive Director David Swavey. "Their calling will be now to come to the aid of the Dallas Police Department and DART."

And that's just what's happening across DFW.

"It's time that we all just come together and love each other," said Kendra Shier, Vice President of Operations for Bread Winners Cafe, Henry's Majestic, and The Quarter Bar. "It's sad we have to have a hashtag #DallasProud. I didn't think that would ever be our city, but we're going to grow stronger."

People are doing their part in many ways, monetary and otherwise.

In Plano, it's the Battle of the Badges blood drive. It's an event that was already planned as a friendly competition between Plano PD and FD, but it was made even more successful because of Police pride.

"We just want this whole world to come together and realize that we are one," said Plano resident Tina Aaron, after donating blood with her husband Stephen.

In the restaurants deals run deep with around 50 establishments offering proceeds or meals for officers.

Two of those are Cane Rosso and Henry's Majestic.

"Any Dallas officer that comes in or any DART officer that comes in in uniform or with proper ID, we’re buying them dinner," said Cane Rosso DFW Area Manager Todd Garton.

That deal is good through close of business Sunday. Additionally, anyone who can prove they donated $100 or more to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation or Assist the Officer gets the same deal.

Meanwhile at Henry's Majestic and its sister establishments, Bread Winners Cafe and The Quarter Bar, "Any uniformed Police Officer or plain clothes officer that’s got a badge will eat for the rest of July for free."

Those are the words of Vice President of Operations Kendra Shier. The group is also donating an unknown portion of their July sales to those officers' families.

Why are they doing it?

"It's not a noble gesture, it's just a human gesture," Shier said. "It's the least we could do. It makes us very happy."

Non-profit Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas has already raised more than $100,000 for the families of the five fallen officers, doing so in partnership with Operation Blue Shield.

“100% of all the money raised here goes straight to the families," Swavey said.

As the pain continues in Dallas, the paying it forward does too for the people who love their Police.

 

Restaurant Deals for Police Officers this weekend and beyond:

Armoury D.E.: Officers eat free through Sunday, July 10

Boom Juice and Be Raw Food and Juice: Free meal to officers in uniform or with proper ID

Bread Winners Cafe, Henry's Majestic, The Quarter Bar: All DFW officers eat free through July 31, a portion of all July proceeds will be donated to the fallen officers, and any catering or food overages will be delivered to Dallas PD substations daily throughout July

Cane Rosso: All officers and anyone who can prove a $100 or more donation to Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation or Assist the Officer eats free through Sunday, July 10

Chili's, Maggiano's: Delivering meals to officers at the crime scene throughout the weekend, and officers get a free meal through Sunday, July 10

Cicis: Unlimited pizza, pasta, salad, soup, and dessert buffet free to all Police officers in uniform or with a badge from Sunday, July 10 through Saturday, July 16, at all DFW locations

The Common Table: Will have Lakewood Brewing's All Call on tap with all proceeds going to Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas, and all first responders get the first one free

Cow Tipping Creamery: Dallas Officers get a free ice cream through Sunday, July 10; non-officers who show they donated $100 or more to Assist the Officer get a free stacker through Sunday, July 10

Dakota's, Cedar Grove, DISH Preston Hollow, Front Room Tavern: Dallas PD, Dallas FD, and US Armed Forces always eat free

Deep Ellum Brewing Company: Donated $1,000 to Assist the Officer; any patron who donates $20 or more to Assist the Officer gets an "in kind" complimentary tab in their taproom and kitchen for the remainder of July; Police officers eat and drink for free

Delta Charlie’s at Dallas Executive Airport, Primo’s Tex Mex Grille, The Hub Sports Bar & Grill, Ron’s Place, Ron’s Corner Tavern and Big Shots Sports Café: Free meal for officers through July 31

The Elbow Room: Free food and half off drinks for Dallas officers through Sunday, July 10

El Fenix and Taqueria La Ventana: All Police officers eat free through close of business Sunday, July 10

The Fillmore Pub: Will have Lakewood Brewing's All Call on tap with all proceeds going to Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas

The Foundry Bar, Chicken Scratch, and Smoke: All officers eat free, and they ask that if you see an officer at another restaurant you make sure he's paid for as well

Frankies: Police in uniform or with a valid ID eat free through July 31

Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery: All Police officers get a free meal through Sunday, July 10

Lake Highlands Creamery: All tips through Sunday, July 10 donated to the Fallen Officer Fund

Luck at Trinity Groves: Free lunch and dinner to Dallas Officers through Sunday, July 10

Maple and Motor: All proceeds from Sunday, July 10, go to Assist the Officer

Meat Fight: Auctioning off two VIP tickets to Meat Fight 2016, with all proceeds going to Assist the Officer

Monkey King Noodle Company: All Dallas officers eat for free through Sunday, July 10

Nick & Sam's Steakhouse, Nick & Sam's Grill (Park Cities), Biergarten, Coal Vines, Dos Jefes: Police officers eat free at any of these establishments 365 days/year

On Rotation: Donating a portion of proceeds made through Sunday, July 10, to officers at DPD and DART

Opening Bell Coffee: Complimentary coffee for in uniform Dallas officers or with a valid ID

Roots Juices: Complimentary juices at both Dallas locations through Sunday, July 10

Texas Ale Project: All first responders receive a beer in the taproom through Saturday, July 9; and 20% of beer sales go to the families of fallen officers

Thairrific, Zephyr Bakery Cafe: Officers eat free through Sunday, July 10

Tutta's Pizza, Ellen's Southern Kitchen: Free lunch or dinner for Dallas PD, DART, and Dallas FD through Sunday, July 10

Bonnell's Restaurant Group, Braindead Brewing, Cafe Izmir, Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House, The Grapevine Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Parigi, Which Wich, ZaLat and DaLat: also offered deals that have since expired