Police buy homeless boy, 12, £130 Christmas gifts after he shows up at their station with only a black bin bag in his name
- The boy showed up at Radford Road Police Station, Nottingham, with a rubbish bag
- After being greeted, Nottinghamshire Police staff bought him Christmas presents
- The gifts included a football kit, golf set and sweater delivered to the boy’s new foster home
A homeless boy who showed up at a police station was given a Christmas to remember after officers rushed to buy him presents.
After turning up at Radford Road Police Station, Nottingham with only a black bin bag in his name, the 12-year-old will now have gifts to open thanks to Nottinghamshire Police officers.
Kind-hearted staff spent £130 of their own money to buy the child a selection of gifts including a football kit, golf set, jumper and toiletries – gifts were also donated by officers in addition to the money collected.
Now in a foster home, the boy received the wrapped gifts on Wednesday evening, in preparation for Christmas Day.
Caring staff spent £130 of their own money to buy the child a selection of gifts
Constable Megan Barnard, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘As officers it’s sometimes very easy to overlook an incident because we have to move on to the next one so quickly and sometimes it’s the only way to go deal with what we see and manage.
“But this case really stuck with a lot of officers and especially myself after hearing his heartbreaking story.
“With Christmas and knowing how hard the holidays can be for people, sometimes after going through something like this and with nothing, we decided to try and raise some money to make sure he had something to open. the day of Christmas.
“It’s amazing to see officers coming together and collecting all this money so we can put a smile on his face and get him things he needed and wanted.
“I was touched by the incredible response we received from police family members of departments and team and other teams who had no direct connection to this young man but felt touched by his history.
“We want to show him that the experiences he has seen and gone through so far in his life should not dictate who he is as a person and that he can overcome them with the support of those around him.
“Being a police officer isn’t just about arresting people and catching criminals – it’s so much more than that and situations like this show that we are human beings and that we are here to support anyone who needs us. .
“It’s really nice to see him so well in a new home and being taken care of.
Radford Road Police staff helped improve homeless boy’s Christmas
“It’s a deal that will stick with a lot of officers for a long time and it’s amazing to see us all come together to help celebrate Christmas.”
Council leader Councilor David Mellen said: ‘It’s a heartwarming story that shows the true spirit of Christmas is very much alive, where people help others less fortunate than themselves.
“Our wonderful foster family shows this incredible compassion every day, welcoming children and young people into their homes, including in emergencies like this.
“A young boy will now happily spend Christmas enjoying the kindness of the police and the safety of a loving home.”