SHAMOKIN — A good Samaritan left a portion of his federal stimulus check in a parking ticket drop box with the intention that it benefit police officers and health care workers.
Acts of goodwill have increased in the Susquehanna Valley since COVID-19 mitigation efforts started impacting residents and businesses. The latest kind gesture is courtesy of an unknown individual who slipped a cashier’s check worth $700 into the drop box affixed to a parking meter in the city.
The person stated in a note addressed to the Shamokin Police Department that they received a $1,200 federal stimulus check, used what was needed and decided to donate the remainder to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, and the Shamokin and Coal Township police departments.
Shamokin Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III was shocked when he opened the envelope containing the note and the cashier’s check, which was discovered by a meter clerk.
“It’s absolutely phenomenal and heart warming that someone would receive their stimulus check and then donate it,” he said. “My heart goes out to that person.”
Mayor John Brown, who oversees the police department, said neither the check nor the note contained the person’s name.
Brown said the area is known for people stepping up to help their fellow man. One of the many examples, he said, are members of the Shamokin Area Education Association who have distributed food to Shamokin Area School District residents every Thursday at the Annex.
“With everyone going on with the economy, right now … I mean, we are handing out free meals and toilet paper. Somebody got $1,200 and gave the bulk of it away to the local police departments. That absolutely amazes me,” Brown said. “This is a good community.”
Mike Morgan, administrator for Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, was equally impressed with the donation and similar acts during the pandemic.
“We can’t thank the community enough for rallying around our staff during these uncertain times. Our friends and neighbors have been generous with gifts, donations and kind messages as we continue to provide care for our patients,” he said. “This individual truly exemplifies the caring spirit of our region and we are grateful for them and the many others who have supported us.”