(WSPA) – Local businesses owners are doing their part to remember fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs.
The grief reached the Chocolate Moose when Greenville police stopped by Friday evening in need of any small pick-me-up for their department. Right then, the owner and her family knew something needed to be done. They decided to donate 50 cents for every cupcake sold Saturday for his loved ones left behind.
“We are here to cheer everybody up and to try to make everybody happy and also to try to relieve some of the burden that the family will feel,” Kensey Boyd, the Chocolate Moose Owner, said. “I couldn’t imagine losing my family, you know, the rock of my family.”
A Police Officer from Spartanburg County came in the morning and bought 7 dozen. Hundreds of other people throughout the upstate rallied to help the family and police in this time of loss and need. The Chocolate Moose ended up selling out and raising $1,500 in donations.
“It is just heartbreaking,” Stacy Plaia said about why she drove from Laurens, to the Chocolate Moose. “You know, it is sad that we are in the state that we are in. That people are turning on the people who take care of us and protect us.”
Greenville Police announced on their Facebook Page anyone wanting to help the family could donate to TD Banks throughout the Upstate. Several Business owners decided to step up, pledging to make $1,000 donations, including Tropical Grille.
“Anytime it is any police officer, it hurts but this one especially hits close to home,” Lazaro Montoto, the Tropical Grille Owner added. “You could tell he was a guy that really loved what he did.”
Officer Jacobs, along with several other officers, was a regular at Tropical Grille. The owner says he had to do something to honor the fallen officer’s dedication and hard work.
“It’s one of our guys. We call them our guys,” Montoto explained. “We’ve had the pleasure of serving them for so many years and he is no exception. He was here and just a great guy.”
They want to honor officer Jacobs’ life by coming together to lessen the burden for those who loved him.
“When you think about hero, it doesn’t get any better than him.”
Henry’s Smokehouse is donating all proceeds from their Oyster Roast on April 1st to the family.
If you want to contribute, you can make a donation at any TD Bank. You can also donate to THIS Gofundme Page, according to the Greenville Police Facebook page.