Ofc. Chuck Werkheiser of the Lower Saucon Township Police Department is a generous soul.
Not only does he conduct “Operation Santa Stop,” during which he surprises motorists pulled over for minor violations with Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, but for the past two years he has also presented a gift to a local family in need, with help from counselors at Saucon Valley Middle School.
This year’s recipients were the Roseman-Gilly family, including mom Jennifer Roseman and her sons, Sean, who attends Saucon Valley High School, and Dylan and Tanner, who both attend the middle school.
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Werkheiser visited the school to present the family with a monetary gift he said he hopes will help them have a brighter Christmas.
School principal Pamela Bernardo was on hand for the presentation, in front of a Christmas tree in the school’s Pond Lobby.
Werkheiser said that in addition to the counselors, he received assistance in finding a family to direct his donation to this year from Assistant Principal Thomas Halcisak.
Bernardo stressed that the act of kindness is Werkheiser’s alone, and noted that the school’s counselors also annually identify other families in need and distribute a variety of gift cards, food and other items to them during the holiday season.
In return for his kindness, Dylan and Tanner gave Ofc. Werkheiser a bag filled with homemade chocolate chip cookies and a card.
In both cases–Operation Santa Stop 2016 and his gift to the Roseman-Gilly family–Ofc. Werkheiser did not seek any recognition for his generosity.