Constables save family's Christmas

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three days ago, her holiday spirit was shattered.  Police say over the weekend, a Baton Rouge woman's home was burglarized.  The presents under the tree for her children were stolen.  But some community Santas have saved Christmas.

Happily laying tissue paper and boxing up Christmas presents, Cpl. LaSandra Harper has been one busy elf over the past week, buying for her own family and two children she adopted this week, and now for a family she saw on 9 News.

Over the weekend, someone kicked in Subrena Tenner's back door and stole the presents she'd bought for her three kids, all while on one was home.

The only items left were a few presents the thieves had poked holes in and decided not to take.

"To have someone just come along and take - that's just heartless, it's heartbreaking," said Constable Major Reginald Brown.

Brown saw that story too, so he and Cpl. Harper teamed up to make sure the Tenners were taken care of this Christmas.

And Thursday, these holiday helpers made their special delivery, filling the tree while a tearful mom looked on.

Helping out is almost second nature to Cpl. Harper.  Years ago, it was her family that needed a hand.

"It was three days before Christmas and our house burned down to the ground," said Harper.

After hearing Harper's story, Tenner says this Christmas will by merry.

"I can say that we're blessed - better than blessed," said Tenner.  "And I appreciate the community and everybody that's been coming out, the calls, the prayers. I'm just too outdone with the love I've been receiving."

The constable says his office usually donated toys to families in need, but they also keep funds around for unforeseen circumstances, so they were able to buy gifts for all three children.

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