BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Police officers from cities across the Coast staked out at different Walmart locations to ring the Salvation Army bell on Saturday.
They were competing to see which department could collect the most money.
"Salvation Army reached out to several agencies on the Coast last year and asked if we would kind of compete against each other, and see who can raise the most money for their areas and their jurisdictions," said Sgt. Thomas Goldsworthy.
Sgt. Goldsworthy feels like it's something the community should see officers doing more often.
"When you're doing something of this capacity, everybody's in a positive mood. Everybody's happy to see us doing something for the community that doesn't involve enforcing the law, but when you're doing something of this capacity everybody's in a positive mood," said Goldsworthy.
For Goldsworthy, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. His daughter Geniveve is a junior explorer, and it's her second time to participate in the event with the officers.
"I think it's a really good opportunity to show they have a loving heart for what the world's been like. So I think it will really help, and to raise money for charity I think it's really good," said Geniveve.
Whether it was the friendliness, the uniform, the high fives, or the man dressed up like Santa Claus, the donations were pouring in and filling up the kettle.
"We're taking a pen and trying to shove it down and compact it. It's really packing the bell and we're filling it up. I'm happy about that. It's always good to see it overflow," added Goldsworthy.