Usually, being pulled over for a minor traffic violation means you’ll be left with a dent in your wallet. But, for the holiday season, the Godley Police Department is doing things a bit differently this year.
Last month, the police officers in Godley, Texas began issuing a unique type of citation for minor driving offenses. Instead of hitting drivers with a fine, they gave a warning and requested that they donate a gift for an underprivileged child for the holidays.
The note starts out, “In the spirit of the holidays, we are waiving the issuance of a citation.” It then goes on to explain that unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the police department, which will be delivered to the children in need.
“All toys will be handed out on Christmas Eve to children in our community that may not otherwise receive them,” the note concludes.
Godley Police chief Jason Jordan told The Huffington Post that his officers have received about 150 gifts since the start of the toy drive, as well as financial donations they’ve used to purchase toys.
“I decided to do this because we have many families in our community and surrounding county that are financially unable to purchase gifts for their children or would have to choose to pay bills or to buy gifts,” Jordan said.
Jordan also explained on the police department’s Facebook page that the Tix for Tots drive is completely voluntarily, and nobody that’s received a citation is obligated to drop off a gift. But, he does urge that “This program is a way for you and us to give back.”