HUTCHINSON, Kansas – A Secret Santa campaign in Hutchinson is surprising some residents with unexpected presents of cash for the holidays.
The concept is simple: Police officers pull over random cars, and in some cases they’re targeting people from a list of folks who might need a little help this holiday season.
It’s all thanks to a generous donation to the Hutchinson Police Department, and officers there are looking to “pay it forward.”
“We’ve been kind of looking around for people who have been in some tough situations financially and kind of seeking them out, giving them some money for the holidays,” said Grant Ingram a Hutchinson Police officer.
It all started a few weeks ago when an anonymous donor came to the police department with $1,500 to give to people who might need it this Christmas. When the Local Fraternal Order of Police heard about it, they matched it, giving the department $3,000 to pass out to people like Cynthia Garcia whose son just had a heart transplant.
“It means a lot of, makes you feel you’re loved, and people care about what’s going on,” said Garcia.
Officer Grant Ingram says this shows a side of law enforcement many people don’t get to see.
“This really gives a chance for people to see us, I mean we’re giving out just to see the joy, we’re not there to take any enforcement give tickets or anything like that,” said Ingram. “We’re just there to give him some money for the holidays, and you can really see it on their face, and [when] we give him the money, how happy they are.”
The officers say the bonus is that it’s helping residents view them in a different light, especially around the holiday season.