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A goodwill gesture turns into a bounty of joy

Bertha Peyton and Amy Molinares didn’t quite know what joy they would receive when they adopted a family for Christmas through Social Services.

After the women donated their own money, purchasing gifts along with all the members of the Colonial Beach Police Department (CBPD) Molinares said she didn’t really plan on going with Peyton to deliver the items. But she said she was glad she did.

Molinares said when she saw the mother’s tears of joy it got her a little teary-eyed. But it wasn’t until that moment when she said, “This is really what it’s all about.” She was referring to bringing joy to a struggling mother who works hard all year to provide, but just can’t quite deliver the kind of Christmas to her kids she wants to.

Earlier this month, Peyton called social services and asked for a family to sponsor. Her recipients were a single mother who works as a CNA and her three children, two boys and one girl all under the age of 8.

Peyton told The Journal that people who deal with the police it is usually under less than ideal circumstances. She said we wants people to know police officers care about the community.

What makes adopting a family for Christmas unique is that the givers donate their own money rather than asking the public for donations. Peyton and Molinares shopped for items for the family such as toys for the kids, clothes for everyone, coats, shoes, hats and scarves. The mom got some much needed home goods and there were even stockings for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve. Fruit baskets and holiday food were also included.

Molinares said when they arrived at the social service office, the mother was there to load up the gifts. As the mom loaded items into the car her face lit up with amazement. Molinares said that the mom never expected so much. Then the tears started flowing, first the mom, then the women.

But the ladies had help from many elves; the Christmas spirit runs high at the CBPD and soon everyone in the department was donating gifts or money to spread joy to one deserving family.

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