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Cops Take Toy Donations In Lieu of Citations During Holidays

The Short of It

For the last three years, the Pantego Texas Police Department has allowed drivers to get out of minor traffic citations during the holiday season if they give a donation of an unwrapped toy. The toys are then donated to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Lowdown

The Cops for Kids toy drive classifies minor citations as those that don't directly endanger lives, such as expired registration, failing to stop completely at a stop sign, a broken brake light and minor speeding. The hope is that the program teaches some good lessons this holiday season and shows local citizens that the police are there to serve the community and aren't just authority figures. Fifty percent of offenders have donated to the toy drive.

"Most drivers are so happy at not receiving a citation that they are more than happy to contribute," said Thomas Griffith, chief of Public Safety, told The Huffington Post.

The Upshot

The Cops for Kids program provides a lot of teachable moment opportunities for parents and children. By giving a donation, offending parents can show their children that it's truly better to give than to receive. What better way to teach our children than by example?

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