Target: Police officers across America
Goal: Thank police officers for going beyond the call of duty to help sick children and their families this holiday season
Police officers deserve a lot of respect for putting their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe, but this holiday season many officers have exceeded their job descriptions and gone the extra mile to help sick children. In Phoenix, the holiday decorations were stolen off of the home of a terminally-ill 5-year-old. Linzy Smith suffers from a rare form of dwarfism. During the holiday season she and her family will be at the hospital while Linzy undergoes a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant. Since she will not be able to enjoy the decorations for Christmas, her mother, Jessica Smith, decided to decorate a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. She had gone all out this year so Linzy could take full advantage and enjoy the decorations. Unfortunately, the lighted reindeer, trees and a Santa with a sleigh were all stolen out of the Smith’s front yard.
Officers Jake Lewis and David Head contacted Angels on Patrol, a group that works with police officers to help families in crisis. Together they helped the family redecorate their house. Officer Lewis even used money from his own pocket to help the family buy some groceries. Linzy was so excited to see the new decorations she excitedly screamed “Santa’s coming, Santa’s coming!”
In another instance, more than 250 police officers drove 12 hours in order to hand deliver a Christmas card to a boy with an aggressive form of brain cancer. The officers, located in Massachusetts, found out that the boy, Nathan Norman, wanted Christmas cards from police officers for Christmas. Nathan had already received numerous cards from officers in his hometown in Virginia. Once the officers in Massachusetts discovered it would only be a 12 hour drive, they decided they would do better than simply mailing a card.
Nathan’s father, Bobby Norman, said they had no idea how big of a fleet was planning on coming. Nathan was greeted by 100 police cars filled with 250 police officers from 85 different departments. As they drove into town they flashed their lights and paraded along local streets. Nathan was ecstatic and all of the officers agreed that the smile on his face was worth the long journey.
These are just a few examples of the caring and generous nature of police officers, especially during the holiday season. Sign the petition to thank these police officers for their heart-warming displays of generosity and kindness that far exceed the requirements of their jobs.
Dear Police Officers,
After a tough year, it is so amazing to see your kindness towards people. Your life is on the line everyday for people that you do not even personally know, yet you do your job without hesitation. That act in and of itself is astonishing. And then, on top of everything you are already asked to do, you have taken it upon yourselves on multiple occasions to make this Christmas special for a number of kids who do not have it so easy in life.
Sick children deserve so much love and attention in their little lives, you going the extra mile to make their Christmas’s the best ones yet far exceeds expectations. Redecorating the home of a child whose Christmas decorations were stolen and driving 12 hours with 100 police cars to greet another child are just two of the many remarkable representations of police officers taking money from their own pockets or taking time away from their own families to brighten the lives of terminally ill children. Thank you so much for everything that you do, and especially the times that you go above and beyond the call of duty.
[Your Name Here]
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