DES MOINES, Iowa - A month-and-a-half ago, Brian Waid, founder of Project Blue Light - a statewide non-profit dedicated to supporting local police forces - had no idea the day he planned to bring his efforts to Des Moines, they'd be needed so badly.
Waid started Project Blue Light from his home in Mason City in September 2015; a former police officer himself, Waid says it came from a frustration with anti-police rhetoric he felt was circulating the nation. The non-profit's goal is simple: to distribute blue light bulbs to those who support law enforcement. Install the light bulb on your front porch, and let the blue light shine into the night, symbolizing love and support for police.
But Waid and others had no idea what they were in for when they got the green light almost two months ago to pass light bulbs out at the Des Moines Police Station. After news broke last week of the murder of two Metro police officers, Waid wondered about the timing.
"And after everything that happened, we though, should we go there? I mean, they have enough going on, but we thought, I mean now is when people need to see that support, and people want to show that support," Waid said. "And it's been successful so far, and we haven't even really started."
The group passed out more than 3,000 light bulbs Sunday.