JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Some generous donors in Teton County have graciously gifted money to local law enforcement, so they can pay it forward to citizens during the holidays.
“I have received cash from some anonymous donors to give out to people prior to the holidays,” Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen told the Jackson Hole Daily.
The sheriff didn’t disclose exactly how much was donated, but said it was a “substantial amount.” He indicated officers would distribute $50 to $100 at a time. The plan is to have deputies, officers, and state troopers find people doing good deeds, and dole out the cash as a gift. “It could be almost anything,” the sheriff added.
Peace officers routinely see random acts of kindness in addition to violations of law when they are on duty, so finding the right people should not be difficult.
For example, it could be a person who helps someone out of a snowbank, exercises good driving habits, calls dispatch with helpful public safety information or even witnesses a crime.
“It might even just be someone who is down on their luck,” Whalen said. “This is all about spreading goodwill in almost any way we can.”
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported the cash bonanza will likely start in the next week, once the sheriff and his team “put a proper accounting mechanism in place,” Whalen said.
A similar operation took place last year, also thanks to donations.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” Whalen said.
The donors wished to remain anonymous, he added, but are all Jackson Hole residents.