As the wife of a U.S. Capitol Police officer, Cristina Buffington, a Purcellville resident who is married to Loudoun County Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), sees the long hours and hard work the officers are experiencing following the events of Jan. 6 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Besides showing care and concern for her husband, Buffington said she values and respects the Capitol Police officers’ bravery and dedication as front-line heroes, while working 12 to 16 hour days, and she wanted to do something to help.
On Saturday at Bantam Crossfit in Purcellville, she organized a collection drive for supplies to show support for Capitol Police officers.
Word of her efforts spread on social media, and with the assistance of Loudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), she was able to collect two truckloads of items such as Starbucks gift cards, snacks, energy drinks, bottled water and thank you cards to take to the officers.
Buffington and her friends Donnie and Reagan Walker made the delivery to Capitol Hill on Monday.
“It was beautiful and so touching. They are going above and beyond and this is one way to show support and gratitude,” she said.
Buffington said the officers are especially grateful to receive Starbucks gift cards as it is one of the only takeout options available to them while on duty.
Her favorite quote by Mother Teresa inspired her work: “I alone can’t change the world, but I can cast a stone across waters to create many ripples.”
“I wanted to go beyond a thank you and made the simple decision to show love, appreciation, support and gratitude. It created a beautiful ripple effect. We are here for these heroes like they are for us,” she said.
Buffington has set up a nonprofit called Frontline Heroes Foundation so she can continue her efforts, not just for the Capitol Police but for all front-line workers such as hospital employees and emergency responders.
“When we show our community’s love and appreciation, it moves mountains,” she said.