A local police department is helping out the community during the holidays in a non-traditional way.
The Anderson Police Department pulled people over today, but for a good cause.
“We pull them over for legitimate reasons, but instead of writing them a ticket, this is the one day that people will get a pass and instead of getting a ticket people will get loaded up with toys and gift cards and stuff,” says Seth Daniels, Anderson Police Department Chief.
This event is what the Anderson police calls “Traffic Stop Santa.” Chief Seth Daniels brought this program to Anderson just two years ago after participating in one in Republic.
“I took over a year and a half ago and this is just something that I look forward to every year and hope to be able to continue it,” says Seth Daniels.
From gift cards, to toys, to gas vouchers, community members came together to support this cause in any way they can.
“All of the businesses in town. Every single business that I approached about contributing in some fashion, every single one of them was more than happy to help,” says Daniels.
The Anderson chief started this event to help out those who have fallen on hard times within the community, especially during the holidays.
“Just to give back to our community that’s been so good to us. We overall have very good support from the citizens of Anderson so we’re just wanting to do what we can to give back,” says Daniels.
One community member shares that traffic stop Santa is an eye-opening experience.
“Oh it’s amazing. Cops always get the worst impression ever, but they really do give back to the community. It’s pretty cool,” says Sarah Stafford.