Holden PD's 25 Days of Kindness

HOLDEN, Maine (WABI) - It's the season of giving.

Officers with the Holden Police Department are trying to spread goodwill everyday until Christmas.

TV5 tagged along with them on Wednesday.

"Well, this month we are doing 25 days of kindness," said Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley.

Adding that it's something he wanted to do to improve relations between his officers and the community.

"I've always said that when people wave to the police, they don't use all their fingers."

All year long they've collected money from the station's coffee fund and kept their returnables to fund their kindness project. It started December 1st and runs through Christmas.

"So many times the police are in a confrontational situation," said Greeley. "Often times you are going to leave that interaction with somebody being unhappy with you. That's not why we got into this work. So if we have a chance to do something fun. Give a stuffed animal to a kid. By a stranger a cup of coffee. Deliver some food to somebody, like we are going to do today it's a pretty cool thing.

So we hit the road.

"We're going to go to the Holden Congregational Church and see Pastor George," said Greeley as he drove through town.

"We want to make a small donation to you. It's not a lot of money, but here's a little bit of money. It's actually from our coffee fund," he said.

"Thank you very much. You know how far we can stretch a dollar," said Pastor Linette George.

"One box of food, one envelope full of money is not going to change their life, but just to say hey we're not just here because you are a speeder or you had a fight with your neighbor or whatever we are here to support you," said Greeley. "We care about the community we work within and this is a little show of that."