USA Today reports on a nice surprise that police officers took part of. This holiday season, UPtv, a family programing network, chose the Lowell Police Department of Michigan to help them with them film the promo video of their “Uplift someone” Christmas initiative.
Cops pulled residents over for various reasons, including an item dangling from their rear-view mirror, illegally tinted windows, and even snow covering a license plate. However, as officers asked drivers for their IDs and insurance info, they also asked them about what they and their kids wanted for Christmas. Some gifts were larger than others, including a new TV, Xbox One, and iPad, but money was no object. In a 15-minute period, “Secret Santas” were waiting in stores to hear the next desired Christmas gift, then they quickly got them wrapped and rushed over to give to the officers to distribute to the drivers. Lowell Police Chief Steve Bukala says they pulled over 50 drivers and handed out about 30 presents. The gifts provided by UPtv totaled almost $7,000.