Officers Deliver Gifts to Military Families Robbed on Christmas
Two California Highway Patrol Officers delivered a trailer full of gifts and toys to three military families who were robbed on Christmas Day.
Officers Ruben Jones and James Smith drove 15 hours from Stockton, California to Lakewood, Washington, according to social media posts by CHP.
Their act of goodwill was in response to the theft of a tractor-trailer and 53-foot trailer that occurred in Stockton on Christmas day. Both vehicles contained $100,000 in belongings and property of three active military families who were in the process of active duty relocations.
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The theft occurred when the trucking company’s driver-owner stopped home for the holidays after driving across the country with the belongings.
Though 90 percent of the items were recovered on December 28, one of the military daughters’ Barbie Dreamhouse was damaged in the theft.
That’s when Jones and Smith decided to help.
“And that just got me,” Jones told Recordnet in a story. “Not in my town.”
Together, the officers engaged in “Operation Barbie Dreamhouse” – a campaign to replace the doll house and present all three families’ children with other items that needed replaced.
They amassed hundreds of gifts through donations from other law enforcement organizations along their long drive. Items received included new bikes, stuffed animals, gift cards and a Barbie Dreamhouse.
The families were stunned when they walked into a VFW hall and saw all the gifts, according to a social media post from CHP.
“It was a very rewarding feeling to be able to do this for our military families,” Jones told Recordnet.