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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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ELEANOR DEMARZO December 27 2013 at 12:09 AM

what a great story for the little girl thank your police officers god bless you all

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Joe December 27 2013 at 12:01 AM

Beautiful story.... and now I hope that the cops can catch the thieves!

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pug1214 December 27 2013 at 12:00 AM

That is awesome! Those police officers went way above and beyond their duty. They are the best!

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joliemarot December 26 2013 at 11:52 PM

A very heartwarming story. Am happy to know good folks still walk the planet and still have the compassion that seems to be passing out of humanity.

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Matt December 26 2013 at 11:50 PM

God Bless these officers for their caring.

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jhozef December 26 2013 at 11:49 PM

Can't buy pr like this. Maybe this will make the public forget the forced enemas and cavity searches done for traffic infractions in nm on innocent civilians.

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Maeda December 26 2013 at 11:40 PM

What a wonderful, heartwarming story! Kudos to the Albuquerque police! That is true Christmas spirit. God bless all of you!

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hokanut December 26 2013 at 11:30 PM

Why is this gesture from an "unlikely source"? For every story about a bad cop there are many thousands of untold stories of great ones. Nice job guys.

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kulpw December 26 2013 at 11:23 PM

First off the police are not protecting people. Their job is to enforce law. If you want to protect yourself that's your job and not a police job. Those policemen went above their duties and that's admirable.

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pureblue0229 December 26 2013 at 11:31 PM

As a P.O. myself I disagree. Our first and foremost duty is to protect the citizens of our community. We will always do our best to do just that.

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Julia December 26 2013 at 10:54 PM

Why was this referred to as an "unlikely" source? In my many moons of experience, police, firefighters, and medics are truly the salt of the earth, the kindest and most giving and caring people out there. Sure, they have a job to do, and sure, as in any profession there are a few bad apples, but law enforcement as a whole attracts the best and the brightest. God bless them.

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