BOZEMAN – The Bozeman Police Department was very busy Monday, but not for a bad reason.
Santa and his reindeer are usually busy Christmas Eve, but Santa began his trek early in Bozeman.
An anonymous donor gave 12 bikes to the Bozeman Police Department and the officers were able to surprise 12 kids who were in need of a bicycle.
“A kind man and a generous man,” Bozeman Police Department Sergeant, Rick Musson said. “What happened is he went into Home Depot and saw 12 bicycles for sale and the first thing he thought of is I’m going to buy these bicycles and I’m going to donate them to the police department for the sole reason of being able to spread goodwill and to also help the police department and law enforcement in general and presenting us in a good light.”
It was a day full of smiles and plenty of excitement. To be part of a community with people like this anonymous donor is something special for these families.
Johanna Jordan is the mother of two children who received bicycles. “People come out of the woodwork with these amazing huge hearts and carrying,” she said. “I just wish that more people would be loving and caring. I feel like if we all had this heart that this person did, we would have no homeless. We would have happy and healthy people all over the world.”
These children and families weren’t the only ones with smiles on their faces.
“It’s fun, it’s completely out of the ordinary from our typical work in law enforcement and it just allows us to be able to do something very positive and to be able to spend a little bit of time giving our time back and helping with these children and families,” Musson said.
And for a brother and sister duo who have new sets of wheels – they are excited to take full advantage of the great outdoors here in Montana.
“We are finally going to have new bikes! It’s going to be fun. We’re going to be able to go do all the trails. We’re from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and we have trails but nothing like here,” Jordan said.
Every child who received a bicycle also received a coupon from Child Care Connections for a brand new helmet.
Reporting by Emma Hamilton for MTN News