HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The Hobbs Police Department has gotten into the giving spirit this season thanks to an e-mail from a southeastern New Mexico soldier in Iraq.
Eunice native Army Major Brandon Robbins recently had sent his mother an e-mail requesting old police equipment to give to Iraqi police units.
He reasoned that some U.S. troops might come home sooner if Iraqi officers are better equipped.
He asked for flashlights, patrol belts, lanterns, reflective vests, log books and office supplies.
His mother, Kathy Robbins, promptly contacted Hobbs police Captain Donnie Graham.
The police department came up with enough body armor panels to make 69 bulletproof vests and dozens of pants.
Hobbs city commissioners approved the donation last week, and now the equipment just needs to be shipped to Iraq.