The communities of Bismarck and Mandan, and greater North Dakota, supported their law enforcement. Over the more than six month course of active law enforcement needed, every form of North Dakota law enforcement was called to Morton County to help, from county sheriff, city police, to North Dakota Highway Patrol. The North Dakota National Guard was also called up to assist. The community held several events to publicly show their support, and quietly raised thousands of dollars on their own to purchase food, energy drinks, wool socks, batteries, cold medicine, chapstick, fruit, and warm winter jackets, among other things, to provide to the men and women who were dealing with the protest issue. Some protest groups made a big show of donating a few food items, but many people did not realize the extent of what community residents were doing in the background. Various groups on social media and elsewhere took it on themselves to regularly donate supplies for law enforcement, whose budgets were strained to the breaking point by this protest.