Deputies deliver special Christmas to Fresno family

December 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A group of deputies who normally take down drug dealers spent Monday bringing Christmas to one deserving Valley family.

The Special Investigations Unit at the Fresno County Sheriff's Office brought the basics and more to a single mother who has six children.

Deputies armed with presents gave a Fresno family a Christmas they never thought would be possible.

"It means a lot, I've been asking for, praying everyday for a miracle- and this is a miracle for me," Mai Lor said.

Mai Lor has recently become unemployed and is struggling to keep up with the demands of raising six kids from ages 2 to 10. The thought of Christmas only made her more upset about what she wouldn't be able to give her children.

"I don't ever ask for anything, but just for my kids happiness, and today I could see that they are very happy- so that's like the best Christmas this year," Lor said.

Undercover officers teamed up with drug enforcement agents to spread holiday cheer to a family who is facing many challenges. On their own time, using their own money, the group pitched in to buy everything the Lors needed.

The family's wish list included items like diapers, blankets, pillows, clothes, food, cooking utensils and shoes.

"I was shocked and surprised. There's a lot of stuff we really needed for our house," Lor said.

Christmas Eve, the Lors got the basics and another fun surprise, hauled in from the foothills.

A trailer of fresh snow created a winter wonderland these kids experienced for the first time. They had their first snowball fight, and no one was exempt from being targeted.

"They lit up. They were very excited about it. And watching them play in it now, is fun. It made it all worthwhile," Gregg Collins of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

Until Santa's elves arrived the family shared three pillows. But, after the special Christmas delivery, there were finally enough pillows to toss around, too.


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