One Texas Police Department Is Waiving Traffic Fines – For Toys

A Texas police department is not fining traffic offenders this holiday season. Instead, it is asking for unwrapped gifts.

Not all children experience the inexplicable joy of unwrapping presents on Christmas Day.

So, in order to help such kids, a police department in a small Texas city has come up with an idea.

Since last month, the Godley Police Department has started issuing a different kind of citation to traffic offenders – something that could brighten up someone’s day. Instead of giving out fines, cops in Godley are issuing warnings along with requests for unwrapped gifts, which they would donate to underprivileged children.

“In the spirit of the holidays, we are waiving the issuance of a citation, in hopes that you will drop off an unwrapped toy to our Police department. All toys will be handed out on Christmas Eve to children in our community that may not otherwise receive them,” reads the note.

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The amazing idea was suggested by the city's new police chief, Jason Jordan, who took over the position in March, hoping to make the donation drive an annual tradition.

"We've probably handed out a couple hundred," said Jordan. 

"I am also looking at getting something started for the next school year to help with clothing and supplies," he added.

Jordan has made it clear through his Facebook post on the Godley Police Department’s page that this activity is entirely voluntary. People who are given a warning note, referred to as “Tix for Tots” by the department, are not obliged to bring a toy.

“This program is a way for you and us to give back,” reads the Facebook post.

The Godley Police Department Facebook page has also shared photos of the gifts that have been collected so far and thanked everyone for their support.

Now, this is one fine that people would gladly pay. 

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