Thanks to a grant from the NRA Foundation Friends of NRA program, the Gridley-Biggs Police Department  received the Eddie Eagle costume to promote the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in the community.

Thanks to a grant from the NRA Foundation Friends of NRA program, the Gridley-Biggs Police Department  received the Eddie Eagle costume to promote the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in the community.

"We are very excited about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program in the Gridley-Biggs area, and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community that will teach an important safety message to our children." said Butte/Glenn Friends of NRA Chairperson Teri Dubose.

On hand to receive the Eddie Eagle costume was Samantha LaViolette, a public safety dispatcher for the department.

The Gridley-Biggs Police Department was selected from contestants all over Northern California in the NRA Foundation's Eddie Eagle costume contest. The contest is used to help reinforce and support the message of the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, which is available to any school in the Northern California area at no charge because of a grant from the NRA Foundation.

The program has a simple message that has been proven effective in literally teaching millions of children nationwide, "If you see a gun; STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."
Friends of NRA is a grassroots, community-minded program supported by gunowners, sportsmen and NRA friends that conducts banquets and other fundraising events to generate income for the foundation.

Last year, the Friends of NRA raised a net of nearly $15 million through events in 1,100 communities nationwide. The foundation has awarded $125,000,000 in grants nationally since inception supporting charitable programs in the Northern California area.

The NRA Foundation supports a broad range of programs and services that benefit local communities from providing shooting range access for physically disabled shooters, to firearms safety, education and leadership programs for America's youth. Some of the programs include the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, which teaches elementary school children gun safety; the Environment, Conservation and Hunting Outreach (ECHO) program that promotes the wise use of natural resources and hunter safety and ethics; and the Refuse To Be A Victim program instructing women in how to live safer, more secure lives, among many others.

The NRA Foundation is a nonprofit arm of the National Rifle Association and is dedicated to promoting and funding firearms safety, education and training programs nationally.