Police surprises driver during Christmas season traffic stop
A woman pulled over during a traffic stop in Ardmore Friday didn't receive a ticket, but some holiday cheer.
"Everyone expects when you get pulled over by a police officer its going to be bad news, its always going to hit the pocketbook real hard," Heroes with Hope Director Melissa Woolly said. "So with this particular traffic stop, we just wanted to do the exact opposite."
An Ardmore woman, who we'll call Jane to protect her identity, had just gotten off work and was on her way to pick up her two kids from school, when two motorcycle officers pulled her over.
"Her first response was, oh no, do you have a present for me this time? In reference to a ticket," Woolly said. "And he said, actually we have a lot of presents for you."
Turns out, the police officer wasn't joking.
Woolly says Jane had just gotten her and her kids out of a domestic abuse situation. and was trying to get back on her feet.
"To be struggling, I know its difficult alone being a single parent to provide for two children," Woolly said. "Then I think its just something amazing to have someone reach out and show there's still good in the world."
The non-profit organization got her nearly a dozen gifts, including household essentials, hygiene products and toys for the children.
"I kind of expected her to be just like, 'Oh my gosh thank you,' but to see the tears of joy, it was very heartwarming," Woolly said. "Not only to just bless her and her family, but to share the joy of Christmas."