A Las Cruces, New Mexico, resident’s good deed is reverberating throughout the community after she revealed she has anonymously paid for local law enforcement officers’ dry cleaning for the past five years.
Donna Stryker came up with the idea after encountering a police officer at the dry cleaner’s one day.
“I was right here and actually there was a police officer in front of me,” she remembered. “I thought what if I paid for his uniform and I think I talked to whoever was here that day and you know they had already paid for it and then so the next time I caught it and I was able to pay for the uniform and I was like well what if I just leave money.”
Stryker said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to come forward, but she thought her idea might encourage others who are doing good deeds in the city of just over 100,000 people.
“Las Cruces is not really recognized for the goodness and generosity of every single person I run into anyway and people pay it forward all the time and I thought that if I came forward maybe it would inspire someone else to do something,” she told KRQE News.
Vanessa Sanchez, the wife of a Las Cruces Sheriff’s sergeant, described her feelings after discovering that her husband’s dry cleaning had already been paid for.
“It completely warmed my heart and I started crying and to me, it was just an amazing feeling because my husband gets that gratitude on a daily sometimes but as a spouse to feel that it was amazing,” she said.
Dan Schneider, the owner of Comet Cleaners, has an arrangement with Stryker. She drops the money off every month, which is then distributed to all the store’s locations in the city to go toward law enforcement dry cleaning.
“Law enforcement officers represent our city and the departments they work under, so they have to look their best and in a professional way so we’re glad to be a part of that to help them,” said Schneider, who also offers discounts for law enforcement and military personnel.