by Kim Maxwell
The Brittany Project was founded in loving memory of Officer Brittany Maxwell. She was dedicated to helping the less fortunate in the Communities where she patrolled. Those who truly knew Brittany’s heart would tell you she had a passion to lift others up, wanting them to experience the special things in life.
Brittany worked in The Franklin Heights Housing Projects, where she was a member of the C.O.P.S. unit. The purpose of the unit was for Officers to know the families on a personal level, while building a rapport and mutual respect. Her love of children made reaching out to them a natural progression. She focused on getting to know the children and parents on a first name basis. Brittany felt by being a positive role model, she could show the families that Police Officers weren’t the bad guys, and cared about the Community in which they patrolled.
Brittany started her Christmas tree program after she was inspired by a young child in The Franklin Heights community who told her he was not excited about Christmas because only rich people have trees. With the love Brittany had for Christmas, a child not experiencing the joy of a Christmas tree was unacceptable. She immediately started knocking on doors within the Franklin Heights community, inquiring whether or not they needed a Christmas tree. After she completed her list of families in need, she asked family, friends and co-workers to donate trees. Unfortunately, she passed away before the project was complete. We, her family and friends decided to take on her project and named it “The Brittany Project” in her honor.
The vision for The Brittany Project going forward is to continue the annual Christmas tree program, while expanding to help in other areas that we know were also close to Brittany’s heart. As Brittany knew, and we have seen, there is a need for those in the community that are suffering from self-esteem issues resulting from bullying, dysfunctional backgrounds, economic and physical appearance.
With all the services that we know are available, there are still families that aren’t getting the help needed to empower them to overcome adversities and meet basic physical or emotional needs. A few examples of how The Brittany Project can meet those needs are: mentoring children and adults, supporting underprivileged kids in extracurricular activities, food, clothing or other financial and emotional needs. In areas where The Brittany Project isn’t qualified or financially able to supply those needs, we will try to help those individuals to find the necessary resources to meet their needs. For more information, please visit us on the web, The Brittany Project and on Facebook.