It’s the time of the year again when we celebrate giving—giving not only to loved ones but also to our fellow man and those who need it most. And one police officer from the Hendricks County, Indiana, embodied that spirit one day when he pulled over a woman for speeding.
Megan Nierman, who manages Ulta Beauty salon in Shoppes at Perry Crossing, in Plainfield, was dropping her 2-year-old daughter Evelyn off at a babysitter when she was stopped by Sgt. Evan Love near the intersection of Avon Avenue and County Road 150 South.
Besides simply speeding, Nierman’s license plate had also expired.
Sgt. Love went over and Nierman explained to him how she didn’t have the money to pay for the license. As a single mom raising her child alone, money was tight. Plus she had no child support, as her ex-husband lives in another country.
The struggling mom lamented about life and asked Sgt. Love to take it easy on her.
“He asked me where I work, I told him I have a good job at Ulta Beauty but it’s still tough-obviously,” Nierman said.
Although Sgt. Love could have impounded her car, he decided to simply issue a ticket … with a condition: He said that if she renewed her plates within a week and emailed it to him, he would tear up the ticket.
And so Nierman did exactly that and sent an email to Sgt. Love as promised, to which he responded, “OK great!”
“I really did feel bad writing you the ticket because I didn’t want it to make things worse for you, so I’m grateful you got it renewed,” he added.
Nierman thought that that was the end of the story; however, Sgt Love’s kindness didn’t stop there.
With Christmas on the way, the officer decided to go a step further to help the struggling mom. He ended up contacting his parents and sisters to chip in to help make the Holiday “a little bit easier” for Nierman.
Then, in late November, Sgt. Love walked into Ulta Beauty salon with his wife and two children to surprise Nierman. They handed her a Christmas card. She was so moved that she cried, hugged, and thanked them.
Then, when she went back to her car to open the Christmas card in private, she found a $300 Target gift card inside.
“To say it made my day is an understatement,” Nierman wrote. “I want to thank him and his family from the bottom of my heart for all that he has done for me.
“It means I can take care of my daughter’s Christmas. It means a lot, it means everything,” she told Fox 59.
Alluding to what motivated his kind gesture, Sgt. Love said, “The little things that you can do for people mean the most. So just throughout your day, if you can be kind to somebody, help somebody out, encourage people to do that.”
Indeed, as you enjoy the festive season this year, family, friends, good food, and gifts, don’t forget to show a little love to those in need because ’tis the season for giving!
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