(Photo: Lexington Herald-Leader)
Christina Edwards of Lexington, Kentucky is raising 4 children by herself. She doesn't have a lot of money, so when their home was robbed and the kids' presents stolen, she was out of options to give them a bountiful Christmas.
But the police officers who responded to her call came to the rescue. Officers Tim Ball, James Dellacamera, and Benjamin Blank contacted their local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. They asked if the organization had any money left over from their annual children's charitable drive. It did!
The police were able to recover the stolen presents later that day. But they decided to go shopping with the family anyway. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:
Edwards said the officers had $300 to spend on the kids, and the kids had a great time shopping for their gifts at Meijer. Brayden and Jaylin each got pajamas, clothes and shoes. Brayden got a SWAT team badge, helmet and gun, as well as a soccer ball and other toys. Jaylin picked out Barbie dolls and a Barbie jeep.
Rothermund said the most important thing about what the officers did is that they didn't have to do it, they wanted to.
"This is the type of story that makes me proud to be a police officer," he said. "It's why people become police officers."
-via Glenn Reynolds