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For Immediate Release
2018-029
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 9:00am

“Backpacks of Love” to Assist Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect

During the month of February, Charles County Government, in partnership with the La Plata Police Department, is supporting The Blue Ribbon Project’s Backpacks of Love program with several Charles County drop-off locations. The Backpacks of Love program supports victims of child abuse and neglect by providing children with a backpack of essential necessities to assist them the first 24 to 48 hours when they enter foster care at a moment’s notice. 

Backpacks are filled with age and gender specific items. If you are interested in building a backpack to donate or donating individual items, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/build-a-backpack-of-love.html for a full list of items. 

County drop-off locations:
Charles County Government (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata)
Mattawoman Utilities Office (5310 Hawthorne Road, La Plata) 
Department of Public Works/ Department of Emergency Services (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
Department of Community Services (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco)
La Plata Police Department (101 La Grange Avenue, La Plata)

Those who would like to support the Backpacks of Love program with monetary donations, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/donate.html to learn more. If you would like to donate items from the comfort of your home, visit www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2QNS0JI0VESCX. For more information about The Blue Ribbon Project, visit www.blueribbonproject.org

main image towne salute1An officer’s badge tends to be their most recognizable mark. But, how often do we see what’s beyond the badge?

Meet Taylor Pyles, Annapolis Police Department Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division and founder of the non-profit community organization, The Blue-Ribbon Project.

After a decade working as a disc jockey for WNAV 1430 AM in Annapolis, Pyles wanted to take part in something more rewarding, so he traded in his microphone for a badge at the Annapolis Police Department. After working five years in the Patrol Division, Pyles moved to the Criminal Investigations Division where he primarily investigates violent crimes and crimes against children.

As a former foster child himself, Pyles wanted a way to help others in the foster care system. In 2013, he developed a website as a resource for adult survivors of abuse complete with articles on mental health, drug addiction, and more.

Read The Full Article in What's Up? Magazine

Ryan's biography and photo are coming soon

Sandra's biography and photo are coming soon

Christine's biography and photo are coming soon

Stacy McCormack grew up in Anne Arundel County where she attended Meade High School. She graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. She remains a big Terp fan and tries to catch as many football, basketball, lacrosse games as she can. She loves coaching and can often be found (and heard) on the sidelines of her kids’ games. She is never without her Coca-Cola and hanging out with her family.

Amanda's biography and photo are coming soon.

The Blue Ribbon Project was founded by Tom "Taylor" Pyles. Taylor entered a career of broadcast radio after graduating high school. In 2003, Taylor joined the Annapolis Police Department in communications capacity. He later was hired as a sworn officer within the department. In 2010, Taylor moved from the Patrol Division to take a position within the Criminal Investigations Division. Taylor primarily investigates violent crimes and any crimes against children. He is also a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate with Anne Arundel County, working as an advocate in the court system for children in foster care.

Andrew C. White, a senior partner with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, White, is a former  Assistant United States Attorney who served as a Senior Litigation Advisor to the Clinton
Independent Counsel in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. Andy has over 25 years of  experience trying civil and criminal cases of all kinds. He has coordinated hundreds of
complex federal criminal investigations and has tried over 400 state and federal criminal trials, including over 30 federal jury trials.

CHESTERTOWN — Children who are entering foster care in Kent County due to abuse or neglect will have belongings to call their own, thanks to the Backpacks of Love program. 

Tom “Taylor” Pyles, a detective with the Annapolis Police Department and founder of the nonprofit The Blue Ribbon Project, gave a presentation Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Kent County circuit courtroom.

Read The Full Story in MyEasternShoreMD

 

kim hartlove bio

Kim Hartlove is the Program Coordinator for The Blue Ribbon Project's Aging Up...Not Out program. Kim has been the project coordinator for the A.L.E.R.T. program with the Annapolis Police Department since 2013. Currently enrolled in University of Maryland University College, she is majoring in Communications Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has almost 20 years’ experience as an educator having worked with students of all different learning levels since 1996.  Her most recent experience working with youth was assisting learning disabled middle school students where she worked for 7 years.  Helping students succeed has always been a passion and priority to Kim. She has been a lifelong Maryland resident where she still currently lives with husband and family.

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