During a run of several cold days in October, Officer Thompson reflected back on his time he worked security at the Salvation Army during their cold weather intake. During his reflection he had the inspiration to start a blanket drive in order to help the Salvation Army when the weather turns cold. Officer Thompson presented the idea to the principal at Bessemer City High School where he is assigned as School Resource Officer. The principal liked the idea and asked he solicit help from one of the school's student clubs. Officer Thompson teamed up with two students from the school's pep club to start the campaign. During the month of November they collected approximately 250 blankets and various toiletry items that they donated to the Salvation Army around Thanksgiving. These blankets and toiletry items will go a long way in assisting the Salvation Army in meeting their winter weather demands from the homeless and less fortunate.
Officer Thompson showed his compassion for the citizens of Gaston County and went well above what is expected of him. He represented the Gaston County Police throughout the project in a professional way that exemplifies the qualities our department looks for in our officers.