One local family nearly lost Christmas as a ‘Grinch’ had robbed their home. But thanks to several special locals who heard of the tragedy, this family is now able to enjoy Christmas.
“This is just a blessing, I can’t thank you all enough,” said Debbie Jones.
Jones recently had her home robbed, and it wasn’t just a few objects taken, but also all of her Christmas for herself and her two grandsons who live with her. And due to the ongoing investigation, they thought Christmas was lost, and the presents that laid under the tree were gone forever.
Once word got out, it didn’t take long for the story to reach Officer Jeff Padier with the Paris Police Department.
“It just didn’t seem right what happened to Debbie, and I wanted to make sure that she and her two grandsons didn’t miss Christmas because of the unfortunate events that took place,” said Padier.
From the moment he rallied the troops, they took to the shops filling up several buggies to make sure that what happened didn’t take away all their Christmas cheer.
“There are a lot of caring people here in Paris and Lamar County, and we just wanted to make sure they wouldn’t go without because a ‘Grinch’ stole their Christmas,” he added.
On Monday afternoon, a convoy of vehicles made their way to the Jones residence in Paris and surprised her along with her two grandsons as presents began to unload from the cars.
“This is such a blessing,” she said. “I can’t believe all of you would be so kind. Thank you so much.”
As the presents began to pile up again under the tree, a year of ‘hard knocks’ was forgotten for a few moments as the family watched in awe of some extraordinary local elves who brought Christmas back to their house.
Christmas was saved with the generosity of many locals who contributed to the kind gesture. Some of those are Chad Gabline from American Towing, Deborah Calloway from Taco Delite, Amanda Willows, Jeannie Bauske and Kain Davis from Lamar County Adopt-A-Cop, Cathleen Padier from A Uniquely Your Life and finally, Jeff Padier and Cody Logsden from the Paris Police Officers Association.
“Welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer,
Cheer to all Whos, far and near.
Christmas Day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to grasp.
Christmas Day will always be
Just as long as we have we.