A group of police officers in Florida decided to help out a family that couldn’t afford a Christmas tree or gifts for their children due to financial issues, and the act of kindness was caught on camera.
According to reports, Boynton Beach police responded to a 911 hang-up call made by a 2-year-old girl at the residence, and upon learning that the family was unable to provide a tree or presents for Christmas due to financial struggles, they decided to help the family out.
When police initially arrived at the home following the call, they noticed that the children did not look happy.
“They were missing something,” Officer Terence Paramore said.
Paramore and his partner, Barry Ward, decided, upon leaving the home, that they would surprise the family by giving them the Christmas they couldn’t have. They both went to Home Depot, purchased a tree, and picked up some ornaments to decorate it with. They went back to the family’s home with the tree in tow, activated their body cams, and captured the moment the family received their surprise.
“I told my wife, ‘This is going to inspire people,’” Paramore said. “It’s going to inspire people to go out and help other families. That’s the big thing with me; I just want to pass something on and keep it going.”
Boynton Beach Police say that the good deed has inspired people, noting that since learning about the officers’ actions, people have come to the police station to drop off gifts for the family in need.
“With everything going on in the world, people need to understand that police officers are good people,” said Stephanie Slater, the department’s public information officer. “They’re like the rest of us. They’re fathers and sons and brothers and wives and sisters, and they have huge hearts. They do things like this every day. This is not uncommon for Boynton Beach police officers."