Photos: Md. troopers raise money, donate presents to kids after parents die in crash
The two troopers raised nearly $5,000 in two weeks to purchase presents and gift cards for the kids
By Ashley Silver
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — Maryland State Police troopers Matthew Hughes and Samuel Rogers were determined to make the holiday season a little brighter for three children who recently lost their parents.
According to a Maryland State Police Facebook post, the two troopers raised nearly $5,000 in two weeks to purchase presents and gift cards for the children, ages 17, 13 and 6. Their parents died in a multi-vehicle crash in November. A car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the passenger side of their parents' car as they were on their way home from celebrating their wedding anniversary. They were declared dead, along with the other driver at the scene.
After the tragedy, Hughes and Rogers wrestled with the best way to support the children and ultimately came up with the idea of organizing a fundraiser since the holiday season was quickly approaching. The two troopers partnered with the Ohio State Patrol to exhaust the children’s entire gift lists, delivering numerous gifts to each just in time for the holidays.