Sometimes elves trade in their red and green uniforms to dress in blue and white. That was the case yesterday when Mount Dora Police Department treated a family from northeast Mount Dora with a special Christmas.
Nehemiah Williams, age 2, suffers from a rare liver disease and is on the transplant list awaiting a match. Nehemiah's older sister, Kearani, is 5.
Representatives of the police department met with the child’s mother who had to stop working due to Nehemiah’s medical condition. As the agency got to know her, they learned she is a single mother facing a tough road ahead with Nehemiah’s pending transplant.
MDPD contacted friends, businesses, and officers to relay the information. Within days, the department gathered gift donations from local businesses, including Target, Wal-Mart, Lake Cares Food Pantry, the Women’s Club of Country Club, Florida DCF, Mount Dora Heroes Foundation and police officers.
“It’s a great honor to be part of a community that comes together for a family in need,” says John O’Grady, Chief of Police. “The Williams family will truly have a Christmas to remember and we are proud to be involved.”
MDPD showered the Williams family with a Christmas celebration yesterday at the police station. Santa Claus joined in for the surprise celebration.
By all accounts, the biggest hit of the afternoon was the gift of a toy police cruiser and Nehemiah being shown a real cruiser with flashing lights.
After the party, it is reported that Santa was so impressed he placed a call to the North Pole to request more blue and white elves.
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Above & below: The Williams children with their new friends at Mount Dora Police Department, including Assistant Chief Robert Bell.
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