Two Indianapolis police officers are making headlines after they truly embraced the spirit of giving, making a last-minute trip to buy toys for three children who had no gifts to open on Christmas Day.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers Tiffany Rand and Ryan Archer responded to a home early Christmas Day, when they noticed that the home had no Christmas tree or presents, the police department wrote on Facebook.
Rand was “disheartened” at the sight, according to police, who described her as “compassionate and caring.”
“The officers did not discredit the mother of the circumstances, for they know and understand that folks get down on their luck and sometimes don’t ask for help,” the police department wrote.
After addressing the initial circumstances of the call, Rand and Archer decided to take action, according to police.
“The hunt for open stores began and eventually led them to a CVS Pharmacy and Speedway gas station at 2 a.m.”
The officers bought a remote controlled car, candy and stuffed animals for each of the boys, and the girl received two Barbie dolls and candy and stuffed animals as well. The officers also brought a dozen donuts for the family to munch on for breakfast.
When the officers arrived to deliver the gifts, they were greeted with handshakes, hugs and smiles, despite it being 2:30 a.m., police said.
“To say the children were overjoyed would be an understatement,” the post reads. “The look of undeniable happiness on each one of their faces were priceless!”
The police department said the act of kindness was akin to a Christmas miracle and that Rand and Archer simply “wished that all families could enjoy the joy and magic of Christmas.”
“There are times in the profession of law enforcement that it can be forgotten by the general public that police officers are human, or it’s believed that officers don’t have feelings,” police wrote.
This isn’t the first time Rand has been recognized for her extraordinary police work.
— IMPD (@IMPDnews) June 19, 2017
In June, Rand give a fellow mother her child’s spare car seat after noticing that she did not have one so she “could transport her child safely,” police said, commending Rand for “going above and beyond.”
(H/T: The Indy Star)