Montana motorists were given a festive surprise when they were stopped by the Billings Police Department.
On Nov. 8, officers were tasked with pulling over drivers who had committed minor traffic violations, and then checked to see if they had any outstanding warrants.
According to the Billings Gazette, if found in the clear, the unassuming drivers would receive a written warning, along with a frozen turkey.
In an act of kindness, a local businessman had donated 20 turkeys to the police department in an effort to pay it forward. His only request was for the Thanksgiving centerpieces to be distributed in time for the holiday.
Officer Andrew Sanders told KTVH he was thrilled to be able to spread goodwill across town.
“You don’t get to see the amount of traffic stops that we make, or the DUIs that we stop from hitting people, or the drugs that we take off the streets," Sanders said. "So to have that tangible thing you’re able to see and know that you’re making a difference, even if it is just a turkey, in someone’s life is kind of nice.”
Motorist Riddle was in his car with his daughter Amber, when he was pulled over by Officer Eric Schnelbach. He said he didn't realize he failed to signal his turn, but was ecstatic when he learned he'd be taking home a bird instead of a ticket.
“I said, ‘Well, I want to commit some more violations because I need a turkey for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas,’” Riddle joked.
The pair graciously accepted the bird, noting it would make a difference come Nov. 23.
A few years ago, Riddle's wife passed away from cancer, and now lives alone outside of town on a limited budget. Despite Riddle's circumstances, he always tries to make a special meal on Thanksgiving to share with his daughter.
How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving?