An Atlanta police officer stepped up and showed his Christmas spirit this year, when he delivered a bag full of gifts and money to a struggling family in need.
Thirteen-year-old Erika Gibbons’ mother called Georgia Officer Che Milton weeks before Christmas asking for help. Gibbons couldn’t afford to get her daughter a gift for the holidays and Milton wanted to lend a hand, according to WSBTV.
Milton didn’t want the straight-A student to miss out on Christmas and told WSBTV, “I happened to answer the phone and say, hey we’ve got to do something.”
Milton enlisted his fellow officers to help provide gifts based on a list Erika and her grandmother had given to them. The main items were an electronic tablet and money, which Milton bought for them that very day.
“It’s part of what we do,” he told WSBTV. “We wear many hats as police officers, so we are just trying to help.”
Milton also took to social media asking other members of the community to lend a hand, prompting one woman to drive several hours just to give Erika and her family a gift, WSBTV reported.
“She drove two hours to give the mom a $100 gift card. A church donated as well,” Milton said.
WSB-TV journalist Lauren Pozen tweeted a photo of Milton with Gibbons and her grandmother, after he had given them the gifts.
Meet Officer Milton with @Atlanta_Police Zone 1. He stepped up and got gifts for 13 year old Erica. From cash, to gift cards and even tablets!! We are meeting with Officer Milton and Erica later today to about how he helped make her Christmas a very special one. #nightbeat pic.twitter.com/tXWpoPHqLy
— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) December 24, 2017
“For everybody to just come together and help me and my family out with amazing gifts and cards and stuff, it really does feel wonderful,” Erika Gibbons told WSB-TV. “I just want to say I love you and thank you for everything you have given me.”
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