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Police step in and make Christmas brighter for kids after presents stolen


Cape Girardeau, Missouri police officers played Santa Claus for a Heartland family after thieves got away with all of their valuables, and everything under the Christmas tree.

Heartland News got a huge outpouring of feedback from this story. People were shocked that a someone – a so-called Grinch – would break into the Cape Girardeau home in broad daylight and take presents from children.

Well, all that was just a memory on Friday, as officers stepped up to take 8-year-old Travell and his 14-month-old sister on a shopping trip at Walmart.

"It warms my heart to see that people would help us," said Travell.

Tuesday, Travell told us he wanted to be a police officer to help and protect others including his own family - and that's why local authorities decided they had to reach out. Officers wanted to show the family good can come out of a bad situation.

"These two kids had basically lost their Christmas and some thief apparently thought it would serve them better than it could these kids,” said Det. Doug Hays. “To hear Travell's words and to hear such a young person say that with everything that's going on today it warms not only my heart but anybody's heart that wears a badge.”

Travell says he wants to be a police officer now more than ever and the entire family is touched the generosity just when the holiday lights started to dim.

"I just felt very happy because I was surprised that someone would want to take me shopping" said Travell

"He was very excited he got a big smile on his face,” said mom, Megan Baker. “Arienna is having a great time too.”

"We've got families of our own and anytime tragedy hits especially in our own community we want to help," said Det. Hays.

There is still no information on who might've been the so-called “Grinch” who swiped the stuff but couldn't steal the spirit of Christmas. Friday, both kids loaded up with things on their wish list during their shopping trip. Police were touched to see Travell have as much fun helping his sister shop as finding things for himself.

“It means a lot to me to see my mom and sister smile,” said Travell. “First thing I got was a rip stick the second was a phone."

"I think she likes the baby doll that blows kisses," said Baker.

The Fraternal Order of Police through private donations made the shopping trip possible.

It is the same organization that funds the Shop With a Hero Program.

"They're really nice to do it because if they didn't do it then I wouldn't have fun for Christmas,” said Travell.

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