Hudson Falls Police Department Receives NRA Foundation Grant
HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. – The NRA Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Hudson Falls Police Department of Hudson Falls, New York, to help teach the Eddie Eagle gun accident prevention program. The program for pre-K through 4th graders began in 1988 with one mission: teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun.
The Hudson Falls Police Department has brought Eddie Eagle’s lifesaving message to a dozen schools and community events and has received an overwhelmingly positive response.
“We hadn’t seen the program in our area prior to our efforts, so we went out meeting with people and talking to them about [it],” said Hudson Falls Police Sergeant John Kibling. “I realized we had to go out with Eddie to different community events. Wherever the people were, we knew we had to be there.”
Sgt. Kibling attributes the success to a strong and open relationship with the community, a passion for the program’s message, and committed volunteers. The Hudson Falls Police Department has already applied for additional NRA Foundation grants to support and expand the program’s presence in the community.
“The success of our program would not be possible without the resources and support that has been provided by the Friends of NRA program,” said Kibling. “The program has allowed us to create a wonderful mix of private and public entities working together to bring about community change.”
About The NRA Foundation Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. Learn more about the NRA Foundation and how to apply for grants at www.nrafoundation.org.
About Friends of NRA Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more aboutFriends of NRA at www.friendsofnra.org.
About Eddie Eagle GunSafe® The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program developed by a task force made up of educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts. It began in 1988 with one mission: teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun. In 2015 the NRA introduced a fresh, new Eddie and added some friends—his Wing Team. Though Eddie has evolved, his mission has not. In the brand new video, Eddie and his friends remind children that if they see a gun, they need to Stop! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up. Learn more about Eddie Eagle GunSafe® at www.eddieeagle.com.