TJB Homes owner and president Tom Budzynski of Blaine had a very special present to deliver five days before Christmas.
Budzynski came to the Dec. 20 Blaine City Council meeting to present a $2,758.03 check to the Blaine Public Safety Association (BPSA), which is a volunteer citizen group that strives “to enhance public safety in our community,” according to its mission statement.
The BPSA during the spring of 2012 donated $6,850 to cover the costs of a second K-9 officer for the Blaine Police Department. It has hosted a Blaine pet walk the last two years at Lakeside Commons Park to raise money for this K-9 and to reduce food, medical and dog training costs associated with Blaine’s two K-9 officers.
Blaine has a German Shepherd named Gunner, who is handled by Officer Greg Rowe, and a Belgian Malinois named Rex, who is handled by Officer Reginald Larson.
As she held up the check in front of the council, Kathy Weinbeck, president of the five-member BPSA board, said she wanted this money to be set aside for a third K-9 officer for the Blaine Police Department.
“This is what we’re working toward, so put it on your radar, put it in your budget, because this is what I want to give the chief,” Weinbeck said. “A city this size needs to have three dogs.”
According to Budzynski, TJB Homes would donate $200 to the BPSA for each Blaine home it closes on in 2013.
Budzynski created the TJB Homes Dream Build Give, Inc. Foundation to help people in need. The Blaine business has worked with the “Extreme Home Makeover” ABC television show on two occasions to help build a home for the Swenson-Lee family in Minnetonka in 2007 and the Sandy Morris family in St. Paul in 2009.
TJB Homes has provided assistance to Alexandra House and a Red Bull family in East Bethel as well, for example, Budzynski said.
The Dream Build Give Foundation had some money left over so it looked at where it could give and decided to help out the BPSA because he had been following the news about BPSA donating to the Blaine Police Department to fund the new police dog and he wanted to donate to this cause, he said.
“You know we’re a builder here,” Budzynski said. “In order for us to be successful we need a very safe community. We don’t want a community where people are afraid to come to. We felt very safe here with our businesses and our families and we want to continue to make it that way.”
Blaine Mayor Tom Ryan said to Budzynski, “We appreciate what you’ve done for this public safety group and for this community.”
Jane Daniels, treasurer of BPSA, said it has raised approximately $20,000 over the last four years since it officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This amount does not include this recent $2,700 TJB Homes donation, she said.
The BPSA, founded in September 2007, has also donated money for the Blaine’s citizens academy and the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department’s seniors health and safety conference. It also purchased four CPR mannequins for the fire department and donated toward the purchase of supplies for an emergency response command van.
“We feel that even though we’re a very small organization, that the community has been around to support us and we just look forward to going forward from this day on,” Daniels said to the council.
Donations can be mailed to the Blaine Public Safety Association at P.O. Box 49184, Blaine, MN 55449. Online donations with a credit card or bank account can be made at www.blainepsa.org.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]