Homeless boy with only bin bag to his name given £130 worth of gifts by cops
It was a Christmas Day to remember for one boy who turned up at a police station carrying just a black bin bag.
The anonymous 12-year-old arrived at Radford Road police station in Nottingham a few weeks ago, and his plight left an indelible impression on officers – so they joined together and bought him £130s worth of gifts to make sure that he had presents to open yesterday.
He was presented with them on Wednesday evening, with items including a football kit, golf putting set, a jumper, toiletries and other gifts donated from officers, the Daily Mail reports.
Constable Megan Barnard said: “As officers, it's sometimes very easy to forget about an incident as we have to move so quickly onto the next and sometimes that's the only way we can cope with what we see and deal with.
“But this case has really stuck with a lot of officers and especially myself after hearing his heart-breaking story.
“With it being Christmas and knowing how tough the holidays can be for people sometimes after going through something like this and being left with nothing we decided to try and raise some money to make sure he had something to open on Christmas Day.
“It's amazing to see officers coming together and raising all this money so we could make him smile and gift him things he both needed and wanted.
“I was touched by the amazing response we received from members of the policing family from departments and the team and other teams who had no direct link to this young man but who felt touched by his story.”
Details of the boy's story are scarce, however Constable Barnard did confirm that he is now in a new home and “being looked after".
Local City Council Leader, councillor David Mellen, called it a “heart-warming story” showing the “true spirit of Christmas is very much alive”.
He added: “A young boy will now thankfully spend Christmas enjoying the kindness of the police officers and the security of a loving home.”
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