Capital Gazette Newspaper:
1:22 p.m. EST, January 23, 2015
Tom Pyles opens the backpack and places the items inside out on the table.
Toothbrush. Clothes. A green and yellow plush frog.
Pyles , a detective with the Annapolis Police Department knows the comfort that the items can bring a child when they've been unexpectedly uprooted and placed into foster care. At 8-years-old, Pyles found himself in that exact situation.
Now 41, Pyles is the founder of the Blue Ribbon Project an organization dedicated to helping the adult victims of child abuse and those that grew up in foster care. Pyles, a product of foster care, was looking over for a way to help kids entering the system.
Over the past several weeks he has been collecting donations for the project's "Backpacks of Love" program. The 10-year police veteran now has about 20 backpacks ready for children entering the system, as well as a stockpile of donated items.
Read the whole story about The Blue Ribbon Project at The Capital Gazette website.