A covert action has been discovered in Jourdanton. Headed by the Police Department, Operation Sleigh Bell has been implemented the past few days.
People have been observed each day running errands, traveling through town, heading to work – and at this time of the year shopping and planning for Christmas.
Here is the scenario. Say you are out and about. A police car is following you, flashing their lights and maybe sounding their siren. Immediately you think “What did I do now?” and your day just became a bit more complicated.
As the officer approaches the vehicle, they let you know of the infraction observed. Maybe you didn’t signal properly or a brake light is not working.
But, instead of giving you a ticket or even a warning – they give you a frozen turkey and gift cards to help make your Christmas a bit more happy.
The Jourdanton Police Department implemented Operation Sleigh Bell for this holiday season and have been stopping motorists – even pedestrians – and have given out gift cards from Jourdanton businesses and frozen turkeys.
“We are looking for those who could use some holiday cheer,” said Chief Eric Kaiser.
One driver, Letty Diaz, was so overcome with gratitude, that she asked if she could hug Officer Mari Magana and Chief Kaiser. She had just picked up her husband Octavio from work.
Another motorist, Lesley Bedingfield, from Christine, and her son William were pulled over. “I wondered why she was asking me what I was going to do for Christmas,” said Bedingfield. When Chief Kaiser overheard her saying that she was going to donate the turkey to someone else, he offered her another gift card and a Dairy Queen one to her son.
Helping to gather the gift cards were City Council member Karen Pesek and Lee Love of Atascosa Exterminating.
South Texas Regional Medical Center donated 10 turkeys and Jourdanton businesses donated gift cards or funds to buy them. They include Dairy Queen – Jourdanton, Jourdanton Hardware, Chile Bandera, Lesley’s Flowers and Gifts, Dornak Auto Parts, The Wood Shop, Lowes Market, Steel Magnolias (Brandie Calhoun), Atascosa Exterminating (Lee Love), Rock House, Lauren’s Deli and Subway – Jourdanton, Barbara Peeler, Chrissy and Mike Harrison, Bill and Katie Schuchman and Lester Wilke.