Homeless boy, 12, given £130 Christmas present after showing up at police station with just a black bag

A HOMELESS boy was bought £130 Christmas present after arriving at the police station with just a black bag.

Officers from the Nottinghamshire Police force arrived to buy the 12-year-old boy gifts including a soccer set and toiletries.

Police in Nottingham spent £130 of their own money on the boy's Christmas Day present


Police in Nottingham spent £130 of their own money on the boy’s Christmas Day presentCredit: SWNS

The boy arrived at Radford Road police station in Nottingham with nothing but a black bag.

But now, he will have a Christmas to remember after kind staff spent £130 on gifts for him, Mail Online reports.

Other goodies included in the generous package are a golf set and a jump rope.

The boy is currently living with a foster family but was given pre-wrapped gifts on Wednesday night.

Constable Megan Barnard, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “As police officers, it’s sometimes easy to forget an incident because we have to move very quickly to the next and sometimes that’s the only way we can. can deal with what we see and deal with.

“But this case really broke a lot of officers and especially myself after hearing his heartbreaking story.

“With it being Christmas and knowing how difficult the holidays can be for everyone sometimes going through things like this and nothing more, we decided to try to raise some money to help. make sure he has something to open on Christmas Day.

“It’s amazing to see officers come together and donate all this money so we can make him smile and give him the things he needs and wants.

“I am deeply moved by the incredible response we have received from members of the police family from other departments, teams and teams who have no direct contact with this young man but feel moved by his story.

“We wanted to show him that the experiences he has seen and gone through so far in his life cannot determine who he is and that he can overcome them with the support of others. around.

“Being a police officer isn’t just about catching people and catching criminals – it’s more than that and situations like these show that we are human and ready to help anyone who needs us.”

Constable went on to praise the boy’s adoptive family, saying “it’s lovely to see him doing so well in a new home and being looked after.”

She added: “This is a case that will stay with so many officers for a long time and it’s been a surprise to see us all come together to help him celebrate Christmas.”

City Council Leader, Councilor David Mellen, said: “This is a moving story that brings the true spirit of Christmas to life so vividly, where people are helping those less fortunate. me.

“Our wonderful family of foster carers show this incredible compassion every day, welcoming children and young adults into their homes, including during emergency situations like these.

“A little boy will now be lucky enough to spend Christmas enjoying the kindness of police officers and the security of a loving home.”

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