SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) We recently covered a story about a family who was stopped by the police, and received a gift card and a warning. Now we know that there was a kindhearted and mysterious benefactor behind the gift.
According to Gering Police Chief George Holthus, a good Samaritan approached the department with an offer. An undisclosed amount of money was given to the police department in the form of gift certificates. Officers with the force spent the week leading up to Christmas spreading the certificates to 65 people.
Police officer Chris Burgman said it was nice to leave a traffic stop on a good note. "People don't like traffic stops," he said, "but we got smiles and hugs, even one (patrolman) got a bear-hug"
The station is glad they can help people in the community. The funding just isn't there to do as much outreach as they would like. They are grateful to the anonymous donor who gave them the opportunity to share with others during Christmas.
"If it is done with an open heart, and not for any other reason than to give, it benefits the giver as much as the receiver," said Burgman.
The department gave away the last of the certificates Before lunch on Christmas Eve so that the folks who received cards could purchase their holiday groceries.