CAPE CORAL,Fla. — Caring for the families of fallen law enforcement officers, that’s the mission behind Blue Line Bears. Opening not only their hearts, but their doors to the public with a new storefront, hoping to help more families in a time of need.
“This is our first like real big step forward as far as like expanding our brand and everything so it’s very very exciting. So the whole point of the store is to have a place for people to come and volunteer and sew and all sorts of things and it’s also a place where people can come and buy merchandise we have for sale,” said Megan O’Grady, founder of Blue Line Bears.
4 years in the making Megan O’Grady daughter of, Master Sergeant Patrick O’Grady with the Cape Coral Police Department says this expansion is very important to her, and watching her dream come to fruition is indescribable.
“It’s kind of like my child now, and it’s really cool seeing it all come together while I’m at college and I’ll leave and come back and I can just see it growing more every time,” said O’Grady.
Back in high school, Megan O’Grady wrote about her passion and love for law enforcement after the death of 5 officers in the line of duty during a peaceful protest back in 2016.
Today her father says he’s proud of how far his daughters vision has come, hoping to continue it with one goal in mind.
“Our goal is to help families that have lost someone in a devastating or tragic loss in the line of duty or suicide. So for us to help them it’s amazing to see their faces when they get their bears or the pictures that they send us,” said Master Sergeant Patrick O’Grady.
The store is located at 3032 Santa Barbara blvd in Cape Coral, and open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 - 5, for volunteers, customers, and of families who need a hug from a blue line bear.
For more information, be sure to visit bluelinebears.org