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Albuquerque police save family's Christmas

Albuquerque Police Replace Family's Stolen Presents
A little girl's Christmas dreams were ruined by thieves, but it only took one kind gesture from an unlikely source to restore her holiday spirit.

A group of people whose jobs it is to protect the public and save lives truly saved Christmas for this little girl and her mother. One by one, eight officers made sure 9-year-old Melva Randolph and her mother Marie had a marry Christmas.

'It felt like nobody ever forgot about me, that somebody actually cared about me,' Melva said quietly.

A few days ago, Melva and her mom woke up to a Christmas nightmare: burglars had broken into their home. They took everything ... including all of Melva's wrapped presents.

'I felt like they just wanted to take 'em. They don't really care. It was like, 'what did my daughter do?' My daughter didn't do anything.'

That terrible story broke some local officers' hearts, so with money out of their own pockets, they bought presents.

When the incredible surprise happened, Marie was in disbelief. 'I got the whole police force in here and I think I'm on TV!' Marie said when she called her mother, who is in hospice.

As her way of saying thanks, Melva insisted that the officers take the gingerbread house she built.

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muffin December 26 2013 at 1:40 PM

Most police officers a hard working decent people. It is only when we hear about those few who are not that people remember. Nice the see a heart warming story. More people could do something similar, even if it means only smiling at the homeless person on the corner or giving, if possible, a small amount of money. Remember that once you give someone a gift, it is theirs to do what they wish with it--Yes, I know that some may buy alcohol, but do not give the gift with strings attached. If you choose to give a gift, then do so and fell good. Do not question what the person will, or does, with it.

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mis1940 December 26 2013 at 3:28 PM

It was a pleasure to read.

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Whomever December 26 2013 at 3:44 PM

I think it's wonderful that people still think of others in these days of unrest. To think that peopole still care about others is refreshing. Now if Congress just felt the same way, what a wonderful place this would be.God Bless those policemen.

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suheib Whomever December 26 2013 at 3:56 PM

that is sofunny

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siscosdad suheib December 26 2013 at 7:18 PM

?? It was sincere, not funny.

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kritteracres Whomever December 26 2013 at 5:26 PM

The sad thing is, WE voted these do nothing's into office. It's up to us to send them home in 2014. That's the only way they and those who follow them will learn!

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suheib December 26 2013 at 3:55 PM

yay i live in albuquerque

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vmbphx December 26 2013 at 4:36 PM

Awesome...hurray for the P.D . in Albuquerque!

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Margaret Ann December 26 2013 at 4:42 PM

What kind men and Women!

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Margo December 26 2013 at 4:49 PM

What the police force did for this little girl was just wonderful! They should all be proud of themselves...I know I am!

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streetlaw1 Margo December 26 2013 at 5:20 PM

Margo, Thank you for the compliment. We try to do the right thing. We do it mostly without recognition. Your response is welcomed.


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fawny664 Margo December 26 2013 at 5:46 PM

The majority of police officers and their families are proud of them. Too often the "haters" take over and try to make policemen and women bad guys. Remember this the next time you read one of these haters

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ds6342 December 26 2013 at 5:02 PM

Great story. We could all use more positive stories like this one.

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rlmcanoe December 26 2013 at 5:13 PM

very nice, and I wouldn't expect anything less from the police, they do a lot more that people do not give them credit for.

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streetlaw1 rlmcanoe December 26 2013 at 5:18 PM

Thank you for your compliment. As a police officer, we do care about the people we police. We do much that is not seen. We do it not for recognition but because it is the right thing.

Again, thank you for the compliment.

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halletcx3 streetlaw1 December 26 2013 at 6:02 PM

Thank you for your service to your community. We often take it for granted that you will be there when we need you. God bless you, and have a Happy New Year!

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crrunch December 26 2013 at 5:13 PM

hearts are singing :o)

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