Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s No. 4 ‘Free’ Gift Idea For the Christmas Season
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // December 19, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As everyone will recall, number one was a free home security survey, number two a free dog or cat from our Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Center, and number three was the gift of volunteering.
With Christmas just days away, its time to talk about our number four gift, the gift of “kindness.”
This Christmas gift idea was actually recommended to me by my beautiful wife Susan Ann who suggested it to me by saying “we are all put on this earth to help one another, and there is no better way to help someone than through kindness!!”
If you look up the definition of “kindness” it is defined in part as “good will, benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others.”
Simply put, it is doing something from your heart that helps others or makes someone or something’s life just a little better.
As we all know some Christmas gifts last a few days, a year, or maybe even longer, however the gift of “kindness” lasts a lifetime for both the recipient and the heart of the person who showed the act of kindness.
The gift of “kindness” doesn’t take a whole lot to do, in fact it could be something as simple as taking your neighbor a tray of Christmas Cookies, helping one of our seniors load groceries in their car, writing a note to someone to tell them they are important in your life, or even helping someone who is just a little down on their luck financially or otherwise.
Between now and Christmas, I am asking everyone in our community to commit at least one random act of kindness to help make someone or something’s life just a little bit better.
It doesn’t matter what the act of “kindness” is as long as its from your heart and it touches their heart.
Regardless, if you give a veteran a hug and thank them for their service, help someone pump gas in their car, tell someone they look nice, show someone compassion and patience, or give a homeless person something to eat, it’s the thought of kindness that counts and it’s the act of kindness that will not only live on forever in that person but will hopefully inspire them to do the same for others.
I personally believe that “kindness” is contagious, so this Christmas and beyond show someone just how infectious “kindness” can be!
Next week’s message will come out on Christmas Eve as we unveil our last “Free” Christmas Gift idea for this Christmas Season.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.