Springfield Police Officer Donates Contest Winnings To Help Give Kids Special Christmas

CREATED Dec. 9, 2013

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  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

  • Image by Courtesy Kevin Sweckard

Christmas came early for a Springfield Police officer thanks to Power 96.5 and their "Easy Street" contest. 

During the promotion, a listener was given a cash prize if their street name was called out on-air and they were the correct caller. They continued to earn more money until someone else won.

Spreading The Holiday Cheer

Corporal Kevin Sweckard ended up winning $500 from the radio station. Instead of spending all that money on himself though, he decided to share it with those who needed it even more.

The Springfield Police officer took half the money to buy toys for the "Toys for Tots" program. Some lucky kids will have new rides this Christmas thanks to his generosity. 

"Meg, the boys and I hooked up the US Marines and Toys for Tots with 1/2 of my $500 in Power 96.5 "Easy Street" winnings in the form of 6 Big Wheels and a teeter totter," he said.

The motivation for Corporal Sweckard is seeing kids be able to enjoy being a kid this holiday season.

"Hopefully some kids will be tearing up their driveways soon in these rigs," he told KSPW morning show host Fotsch and McClain.

McClain of the "The Morning Buzz" morning show says she's so proud to see their listeners pay it forward.

"It' s great to see such compassion in our community; that he would have the heart to donate half of his prize winning cash to kids in need. It's little gems like Kevin in our community that remind us the true meaning of the holiday season, McClain said, "His first thought after winning was excitement that he would be able to use part of the money towards Toys for Tots."