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Dec 20, 2016

Secret Santa Works Overtime on Northside

Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus – fairytale or not – a Secret Santa was out and about today spreading Christmas cheer from Ladyville to Belize City with his elves – well, more like his helpers from the Belize Police Department. A Samaritan, who has given Christmas cheer in the past, decided to pull out his stockings again this year and share the cheer with deserving families. The Secret Santa gave the Police three hundred dollars for each family to shop for the holidays. The unsuspecting mothers were tricked into going to the supermarket and as we learnt their holidays were made by the kind gesture. The media towed along to share how grateful the families were. Our reporter Andrea Polanco has more.

 

Lorna Wade

Lorna Wade, Recipient

“Police Department bring me come shopping fu Christmas. Well, me mi got wah problem with the Police deh because I mi think that dah deh kill Boco and I mi hate the Police deh, but now deh show me wah whole lotta love.”

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Whether you believe in Santa or not, two families were treated for the holidays courtesy of one generous secret Santa. The anonymous donor gave monies to the Police to give to families that they identify within the communities they serve – these families are people who could use a bit of Christmas cheer.Surprised, but very grateful, Lorna Wade shopped for her Christmas groceries today in Bottom Dollar. Her cart was filled with Christmas staples – turkey and ham- and other basic necessities for her family. The Majestic Alley resident couldn’t contain her joy. Shopping for the groceries was the easy part, but to get her here wasn’t so easy and the Police had to trick her to pull off the surprise

 

Lorna Wade

“I neva expect this because Ms Phillips say that how wah young lady from Bottom Dolla say that I come cause problem but then I dah nuh wah person weh faas with people or thing suh. I ask ah if he could bring ah the station and ker the young lady deh because I nuh wah scenery yuh know. I nuhfaas with people so I mi very concern and frighten because I nuh like this scenery yah.  Well right now I wah got mi best rice and beans, mi ham, mi turkey and I mi even buy Lea &Perrins sauce fi throw pahn mi turkey, yuh know. Mien, I really appreciate unu. Mr Broaster, I wah fix yuh, though. Mr Broaster know, yuh know weh ih tell me – bring the trolley and we wah put the person in there weh di accuse me. I di wonder how we wah put the person in there but I think deh mi wah back ah out. But I thank God for the Police Department.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How do you think your kids will take this?”

 

Lorna Wade

“I have one weh very close to me and he say ‘ Ma, God wah work out something fi wi but nuh worry bout no Christmas as long as we have something to eat.’ And surely we got something fi eat from Bottom Dollar – thanks to the Police Department.”

 

Wade was taken by complete surprise. While she had held out hope that something would work out for her Christmas holiday, she certainly wasn’t expecting it would happen with the help of the Police.In the past she has had her own grievances with the Police, but today she says that a lot of that has changed – and these groceries will surely go a long way in strengthening her relationship with the Police.

 

Lorna Wade

“This year they put me off my work as medically unfit. I used to work at Ministry of Health but they put me off and I di wait fi my lee money weh deh say deh wah give me and thing. And then I neva see myself the lookout fi my family fi Christmas, so I really appreciate the Police Department because I neva know weh mi wah happen fi me. So, I know that and I wah thank my Lord because he I serve he and he mek it possible fi me. I mi have my lee problem deh with the police deh because deh kill my common-law Kevin Kelly. Well, suh deh say that the Police deh beat ah and kill ah, so when Police come around I hate the Police deh and I nuh wah see them. But then Ms Phillips come inna the alley and she assure we that –  because inna the alley we nuh like police – but she assure we – she  even put up Police fi the watch we and she even put up barrier. So we really feel secure and we wah trust the Police deh because at the end of the day if we go out deh and cuss out the Police and whatever dah right dah deh we have to run.  So, we have to learn fi appreciate the Police deh. So, inna my behalf, right now I love deh because they mek my Christmas. They mek my Christmas, yuh know. I thank God fi deh and I wah mek my children deh grow up and know that the Police did do something good for us. So my Christmas special this year.”

 

Another family whose Christmas will be bright is forty-five year old Dalia Flowers of Ladyville. The family was selected by the Ladyville Police Formation. They saw that Dalia was deserving of this award – again – she wasn’t expecting the Police to knock up her door early this morning to tell her that a secret Santa wanted to make her Christmas Merry.

 

Dalia Flowers

Dalia Flowers, Recipient

“It was a surprise.”

 

Reporter

“A welcomed surprise, certainly?”

 

Dalia Flowers

“Yeah. I really appreciate it and I want to thank them. Mr Broaster and the whole Police Force for doing this.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Suh yuh Christmas wah be bright?”

 

Dalia Flowers

“Yeah and the kids deh wah feel quite happy.”

 

Reporter

“How do you feel about it; you know three hundred dollars is a lot of money especially during this Christmas season that they willingly give you to buy groceries?”

 

Dalia Flowers

“Well I feel great and I neva expect it because he just come dah mi house and say he have wah checkup but ih surprise me.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Describe fi me what Christmas Day wah look like fi you and the kids?”

 

Dalia Flowers

“Well, it wah be wonderful thanks to deh. Thanks to Mr Broaster and the Police Department.”

 

Inside Sky Supermarket, Flowers entered with her empty shopping cart and was assisted by ACP Edward Broaster. They shopped for all her holiday groceries. From ham and turkey to grains to eggs to canned goods- the cart was full when she finished her shopping. With a three hundred dollar budget,the mother of nine says this will be one her best Christmas yet.

 

Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about the cooking weh yuh wah do?”

 

Dalia Flowers

“Well, yeah I wah bake it up and cook the rice and beans and mek mi cake and thing so that the kids could be happy and thing.”

 

Reporter

“How will this Christmas be different from last year?”

 

Dalia Flowers

“Ih wah be totally different because last year we mi the struggle but at least we mi got wah lee food fi deh eat.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What do you think will be their reaction when they get home or when you get home with all these things?”

 

Dalia Flowers

“They wah so happy and excited because they done happy already because they done hear weh ah the come do.”

 

Edward Broaster

It was full service for the two deserving families – they were assisted by the two Police commanders from their homes to the supermarkets and back home with the delivery of their groceries. The Police say they want to share in the spirit of Christmas and showthe communities they serve that they do care.

 

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“It comes from Secret Santa.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, it’s just a kind person who wants to give back – make Christmas great for families?”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“Yes. He just wants to lighten up individuals Christmas who are deserving of it and that is what we intend to do. We also want to show that the police loves and cares about their community. This is about showing love. A lot of times we hear a lot of things about Police and we go out of our way to work with people such as Secret Santa to show the community that the Police love them as well.”

 

Dezerie Phillips

ACP Dezerie Phillips, Regional Commander, Eastern Division North

“It’s a good day and it’s a good feeling to know that little things that you do, members of the public are so appreciative of it especially around this time.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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