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Operation Security Blanket

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I was shocked that people would choose an orphanage to feed their greed but seconds later I blamed myself for thinking that it wouldn't happen to us," explained [Larry Boggs], executive director and owner of Eagle's Nest Camp and Children's Orphanage. "We had two armed guards in place since the first robbery and they had a trained dog at their disposal. At the time of the intrusion, the dog was still in his pen and the guards were surprised by the multiple intruders.

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									COVER FOCUS                 By Natalia Kosk




                     Operation Security
                               Blanket

                                      DMP leads project to help the children




     I      t took four days of heavy lifting, construction,
            wiring, climbing ladders and drilling to complete
            the security system installation at the Eagles Nest
            Camp and Children’s Orphanage in Guatemala.
      But much more went into Operation Security Blanket
      then just four days of sweat and labor.
        For nearly 30 years Claire and Larry Boggs have
                                                                  product architect, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP),
                                                                  Springfield, Mo., who became the director of Operation
                                                                  Security Blanket, that really got the project headed in
                                                                  the right direction.
                                                                    “My daughter went on a high school missions trip to
                                                                  Guatemala and my wife was a chaperone on that trip,”
                                                                  explained Hillenburg. “So they had been there and
      been operating the orphanage in Guatemala in which          seen the kids and the children’s home. Later that year
      they try to find adoptive U.S. families for the children.   the Bogg’s came to visit our church and we had them
      But a burglary in 2002 at their orphanage in Sololá         over for dinner. We just started talking about security
      found both of them at gunpoint, followed by another         and the needs of the children’s home. The more we
      burglary which left the Bogg’s picking up the pieces        talked, the more I thought we could make this come
      a second time. It didn’t take much persuading on            together to meet their needs.”
      anyone’s part to convince them that a security system         Wasting no time, Hillenburg set out to address the
      was of dire necessity for the orphanage.                    security needs of the Bogg’s orphanage in Guatemala.
        “I was shocked that people would choose an                In the months leading up to the installation process,
      orphanage to feed their greed but seconds later I           which took part around the end of March 2009,
      blamed myself for thinking that it wouldn’t happen          Hillenburg worked to spread the word on the project
      to us,” explained Larry Boggs, executive director and       while raising the funds necessary to get all installers
      owner of Eagle’s Nest Camp and Children’s Orphanage.        and volunteers of the project to the shelter.
      “We had two armed guards in place since the first             High Street Baptist Church sponsors the orphanage
      robbery and they had a trained dog at their disposal.       and supports them every month and a few of the people
      At the time of the intrusion, the dog was still in his      that went on the trip are part of that church and that
      pen and the guards were surprised by the multiple           was part of the process of getting the trip put together,
      intruders. What was going through my mind was ‘we           according to Hillenburg. The church sponsored the
      can’t fight this.’”                                         planning 
								
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