Getting pulled over can be extremely nerve-wracking, especially during the holiday season. Although Christmas is about celebration, there’s a lot of added stress during that time of the year.
Police in Molalla, Oregon, knew this and decided to do something special for their citizens.
When these police pulled people over, the drivers walked away with something other than a ticket.
Stacy, who was nine months pregnant at the time, got pulled over by police while was driving with her young son. When the officer handed her a slip of paper, she started crying.
A local business owner donated cash to the police for a “Secret Santa” operation. From there, officers patrolled the streets and handed out the money to unsuspecting citizens.
They filmed most of their encounters and put them on Facebook, where they received tens of thousands of views each.
It’s clear that this initiative is reaching much further than the community of Molalla.
“If this is something that maybe takes hold, and other business owners and others get involved, then maybe this is something that can touch a lot more people in the future,” Police Chief Rod Lucich told Inside Edition.
By the reactions caught on tape, it’s apparent that this gesture had a profound impact on some of the community members.
Some of the officers were treated to the most moving of reactions, including the woman below. She started crying and got out of her car to give the officer a big hug.
“Through the kind and generous gifting from our Secret Santa, a local business that chose to remain anonymous, Molalla Police Officers were able to serve as Santa’s helpers and distribute $100 bills to a few unsuspecting citizens,” Chief Lucich wrote on Facebook.
“With opportunities like these, it would be difficult to measure who feels more joy, the officers giving the gift or the unsuspecting recipient.
“On behalf of the Molalla Police Department and our very special Secret Santa, may Joy, Peace and Safety be yours this holiday season,” the post finished. The officers seem to have gotten just as much joy out of this initiative as the recipients did.
Christmas time is about giving, and nothing feels better than making someone’s day with a gift.
This anonymous business owner didn’t only donate the money, he donated the experience these officers shared.
Although Christmas is over, it’s never too late to share heartwarming stories of the generosity of others. In a climate that tends to be hostile to police, these videos showing the most positive police interactions are more important than ever.
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