Operation Santa Surprise Rewards Random Acts Of Kindness
Kathleen Shipman 12/29/2015
The North Port Police Department created a surprise with a goal to see who would be a good Samaritan, and then reward them for their kind behavior.
Bill Greenham is an 89-year-old WWII vet volunteering for the North Port Police Department, and also to be part of Operation Santa Surprise. Although he doesn't need assistance, he poses in front of a store acting like he does. He carries a cane and drops his groceries... In the first scenario, a woman and her son run up to help. He thanks her and says he wants to do something kind in return for her. He asks her what she wants for her son. Ironically, as it turns out, it's the child's birthday and his mom can't afford to buy him a present. When asked, the little boy says he wants a skateboard...
For each person that helps out, a policeman runs into the store to get a special Christmas gift as a reward. The good Samaritans are surprised to find out what is really going on. After all, they were simply acting out of the goodness of their hearts! Many people walked away that day feeling the holiday spirit. As for the birthday boy, he walked away with his Christmas wish - a skateboard.