Officers Drive 1,500 Miles to Deliver Gifts to Military Families Robbed During Christmas Day Move
From WPTZ 5 Plattsburgh-Burlington via MSN News
Children were grateful for Christmas presents they received from California Highway Patrol officers, who drove more than 1,500 miles to spread a little bit of post-holiday cheer.
Three military families who were on an active-duty relocation had all of their possessions stolen after their moving truck was taken in Stockton, California on Christmas Day. While most of the possessions were recovered a few days later, 7-year-old Hannah Ooley’s Christmas present, a Barbie Dreamhouse, was damaged in the process. “And that just got me,” CHP Officer Jones told The (Stockton) Record. “Not in my town.”
That led Jones and fellow officer James Smith to initiate “Operation Barbie Dreamhouse,” which was chronicled on the California Highway Patrol – Stockton Facebook page. The officers delivered toys and gifts in Washington state, which was a 1,514-mile drive, to all the families that were victimized Christmas Day.
“We’re hoping this will help provide some reassurance to these families, that WE support our military and are sorry this happened at a time when families should be celebrating,” CHP Stockton said in a social media post. Hannah wouldn’t stop hugging the officers and thanking them.