Continuing to Make a Difference in the Lives of Many Children - January 2024
We hope all our supporters had a good holiday and will have a great New Year.
Since the establishing of the Sean Collier Memorial Fund your donations have provided financial assistace to many different causes to further the work that Sean loved - working with children.
Without you, we would not be able to support the development and implementation of community programs designed to build connections between law enforcement and the communities they serve!
The 2024 Boston Marathon is coming and we've begun the fundraiser that has helped hundreds of children over the past six years.
Without you, we would not be able to support the development and implementation of community programs for young people.
Spreading Holiday Cheer with Market Baskets Gift Cards
Together with the Lowell Police, just before Christmas, we handed out gift cards for Market Basket to residents heading into the store to shop with the goal of creating positive experiences between officers and residents. Gift cards were also handed out to guests at the Lowell Senior Center across the street.
Make sure to check out all the events we have established and hosted over the past 5 years to raise funds for the children.
Boxing Club Christmas Party
On December 15, we joined a Pizza Party for the kids participating in the Boxing Club. At the event we gave the parents a $50 gift card from Market Basket for Christmas Dinner and a $50 gift card from Target to help with gifts for the children. We donated $6,000 to make Christmas a happy time for these families.
Flag Football Clinic & Tournament
The Lowell Police Department Youth Services Program, offered a flag football clinic in the fall of 2023 for Lowell residents in grades 5-8. The Memorial Fund provided pizza for all the participants.
The Officer Sean A. Collier Memorial Fund was established to honor the memory of Sean A. Collier who was Killed In the Line of Duty by the Boston Marathon Bombers on April 18, 2013.
Memorial Fund Background
On April 15, 2013, two explosives went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 264 people. The three killed by the explosions were 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 8-year-old Martin Richard and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu.
Three days later, on April 18, 2013, at approximately 10:30 pm, Patrol Officer Collier was shot and killed by the two suspects wanted for the terrorist bomb attack during the Boston Marathon. Officer Collier was ambushed and shot multiple times by the suspects while seated in his patrol car on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Officer Collier was transported to the hospital where he died.
The bombing suspects were tracked to Watertown, MA were there was a shootout with law enforcement officers. One of the suspects was killed and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Police Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr. (a Police Academy classmate of Sean’s) was critically wounded but survived. Boston Police Department officer Dennis Simmonds was injured by an explosive device and he died of this injuries almost a year later on April 10, 2014. Eight other officers were also injured in the shootout with law enforcement officers.
The second suspect was apprehended the following day, tried and by unanimous decision sentenced to death on May 15, 2015.