Acts of kindness are nothing new for Mount Dora Police Officer Ivy Severance. She’s made a career of it.
The officer first learned about three single moms during MDPD's Tip-A-Cop fundraiser at Chili’s last month. The restaurant manager spoke to her about three women employees that held additional jobs to support their families. One server takes care of an elderly parent along with a child.
Severance could relate to those tough times and made it a mission to make Christmas special for the moms and their six children. With generous donations from residents and businesses, including Wise Chiropractic and Walmart, Severance secured toys and bikes for all the kids. The chiropractic office held a special toy drive to fill over-sized Santa sacks for each of the families.
Today the kids were surprised at MDPD with a special party with treats and wrapped gifts, plus a long visit from Santa, Public Safety Director John O’Grady, and police officers.
True to her kindness and dedication, Severance still has families she is trying to help before Christmas. Although many toy donations have been made, she still needs new, unwrapped gifts for middle school and high school students. Anyone who can help should deliver the items to Mount Dora Police Department.