A stranger left a holiday card on a Mecklenburg County deputy’s patrol car, and the gesture apparently touched the entire department.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office posted its gratitude for the act of kindness on Twitter, and included a photo of the holiday card’s message:
“May the arms of God embrace you, your family and your brothers and sisters in blue. Keeping you safe each day. Thank you for everything you do and for all the sacrifices you make. Merry Christmas,” the stranger’s read.
The card (addressed “Dear Officer”) was put on a patrol car Nov. 30, as it sat parked outside the magistrate’s office on Fourth Street in uptown, officials said. The deputy is a member of the K-9 Unit and has been with the agency 12 years.
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The department tweeted its gratitude Wednesday: “An #MCSO Deputy found this card when he returned to his vehicle. Thank you so much to the citizen who left these kind words.”
Department spokeswoman Anjanette Flowers Grube expanded on the statement later in the day.
“Whenever citizens go out of their way to thank the men and women of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, it moves us beyond words.” she wrote in an email to the Observer. “We appreciate the generosity of the woman who left the Christmas card for one of our K9 deputies. This is what the holiday season is all about.”