When a newly single mother spent the last of her savings on a new apartment, she thought that this Christmas would be a small affair. And for Sophia Reed, that was enough—being together over a nice meal was all she wanted.
But when her 13-year-old son kept disappearing for hours, she feared the worst, and immediately called the police. What happened next made their Christmas extremely special.
When his mother spent the last of her money moving them into a new apartment, Deauris wanted to do something special for her.
Oklahoma City resident Sophia Reed had spent every last bit of her savings to move her family into a new apartment after her husband suddenly left her. While the apartment was a great fit for the family, they had very little furniture, and the security deposit and rent had unfortunately used the money she was saving for Christmas.
They would not be able to buy presents this year, so the family would instead celebrate simply, over dinner.
Or so she thought. Last week, a wrench was thrown into her plans when her 13-year-old son Deauris, kept disappearing off without telling her where he was going. Terrified that he was in trouble, Reed called the police.
Unbeknownst to her, though, Deauris was on a special Christmas mission, and his siblings were in on it.
“I was afraid he was going to get in trouble,” Reed’s daughter, Deneisha told Oklahoma 4 News. “I just didn’t want to say anything because it would blow the whole thing.”
Deauris was out collecting cans in the hopes of being able to raise money to get his mother a gift.
“I just wanted to do something for my mama,” Deauris told Oklahoma News 4. He’d manage to raise $13.
His plan backfired when his mother noticed he kept sneaking out. So when Deauris returned to the family’s new home, he was surprised to see the police there too.
The officer took him to one side to find out what was going on, according to an Oklahoma Police department Facebook post. When Deauris explained the reason why he was out of the house all the time, the officer’s heart was moved.
“He tells me that he’s out trying to get these cans together to give his family a Christmas,” the responding officer, Roland Russell, told KOCO News 5.
Russell was touched by Deauris’s love for his mother and was compelled to do something special for the family.
So, the kind officer took the news back to his police department and organized an impromptu fundraiser to help the family.
The officers raised over $800 and went out and bought Christmas and housewarming gifts before delivering them all to the apartment along with three giant pizzas.
“I was so proud of the officers as well as the citizens who saw us filling up shopping carts and contributed to the purchases,” the police division supervisor shared in the Facebook post.
Many officers dropped by to deliver the family well-wishes.
“There was so many knocks on my door, everybody just was knocking,” Reed told Oklahoma News 4. “Every time I opened my door it was the police.”
One of the officers captured the little girl’s excited reaction to receiving the gifts and posted it on YouTube.
The experience blew the family away and left an indelible mark on Deauris.
“Most of the time when I see the police it’s like, bad stuff,” Deauris told Oklahoma News 4. “Up here I guess it’s changed, it’s good.”
While the generosity of the officers is admirable, they were not the ones who made this Christmas so special. Instead, it was Deauris’s initial devotion and love for his mother that started this incredible story and we wish the family a very special holiday.