HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police officers are going above and beyond to make a difference by embracing the true meaning of the holidays. And their small acts of kindness are making a big difference in the community.
Patrol officer Krista McCabe is a hardworking mother of two who makes time on her busy shifts to stop and connect with families.
She's assigned to the North Precinct on 2nd shift and she always has a smile on her face. She regularly introduces herself to people while they are shopping and hands out small tokens or gifts to residents.
On Friday, she shared candy canes at the Walmart on Sparkman Drive, but she actually starts giving out items on Halloween.
"I like to get trick or treat candy because I know that's my kids' favorite. I like to see the smile on their face," she said.
She continues doing it all throughout the holiday season.
“One of the best things about the police department is that they provide us with presents that can go out and donate in the community that we see,” Officer McCabe stated.
Officers become close with some of the families they meet when they go out on calls and they know if they are going through hard times, like the loss of a job.
"When I find out there's a family going through struggles like that, I go to my trunk and get some of the presents I've been keeping in there and give them to the kids in my community to make sure they have a good holiday," Officer McCabe explained.
She was recently spotted at Walmart in uniform where she introduced herself to a three-year-old boy who was with his father on a shopping run. They chatted and she gave the child a wristband and a small toy truck. The father was so impressed, he contacted the City of Huntsville to commend Officer McCabe for her kind actions.
“I have kids and they love seeing the police, but they get to see me every day. So when other little kids get to see the police and it’s a positive interaction, that’s what it’s all about,” she said. “Seeing the smile on their face and their face just light up when a police officer gives them a Christmas present, you can’t beat that really.”
And shes' not alone. A passerby took a photo of Officer Hunter Aldridge helping someone cross the street and it's been liked, shared and commented on by hundreds on social media.
"Kindness has no boundary. Age, race, wealth, employment, or religion. Kindness is a gift and act of respect you chose to give. Seeing this today on Clinton at the Northbound Parkway entrance was a great thing to see. I could see the officer offer him a ride and he refused, so he offered his hand and used his authority to help him cross safely. Great work officer," said Glen Hiller who snapped the picture and posted it on Facebook.
The Huntsville Police Department also shared the photo on social media.
“A picture is worth a thousand words!! Thank you Officer Aldridge for your passion to keep members of your community safe,” the department wrote.