Bossier Sheriff’s Office Donates $15,000 in Gift Cards to Medical Front Line Staff
As trying as the last several weeks have been, as we all shelter in place and pray for those stricken with coronavirus, I still marvel at the goodness we've seen from so many. And heroism is in no short supply.
Take this newest exhibition of compassion and goodness, for example. The first case of kindness and heroism appeared when an anonymous donor went to Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington to donate $15,000 to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff was honored. But, in the next example of heroism and kindness, the Sheriff had an idea to turn that donation into a blessing for the hard-working medical teams fighting COVID-19.
“The donor wanted to do something special for law enforcement,” Sheriff Whittington said. While donations like this are quite welcome and appreciative for the men and women on the “Thin Blue Line,” the Sheriff and the donor got to thinking and came up with another plan.
“Most of the time, we’re the ones taking it on the chin,” Sheriff said. “But this time during the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt like paramedics, ambulance teams, nurses and doctors are the ones on the front lines,” and he wanted to do something special for them.
They purchased $50 gift cards from Silver Star Smokehouse and Texas Roadhouse with the donated funds, and Bossier deputies delivered the gift cards April 9 - 10. The special deliveries were made to medical personal throughout Bossier Parish at Willis-Knighton Bossier Health Center, Christus Bossier Emergency Hospital, Bossier City Fire Department, and Bossier Parish Fire Districts.
Additionally, both restaurants also donated 10 ‘dinners for two’ for the medical staffs.
So, if you're looking for a "silver lining" to this big, black cloud we call COVID-19, acts like this make it easy to find.