MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Two single mothers who feared they wouldn't be able to provide gifts for their kids this holiday season got quite a surprise Monday. It's all thanks to the Moss Point Police Department.
Single mothers Louisa Pitts and Rasheen Lewis, along with their kids, thought they were just coming to the police department to have lunch with the team.
"Too often we forget the reason for the season is giving," Chief Keith Davis said.
So, Chief Keith Davis had another surprise up his sleeve.
"This year we partnered with New Faith Missionary Baptist Church, and they helped us developed the two names and also donated toward the gifts and gift cards."
The Christmas gift giving began with the financially strapped mothers getting $400 gifts cards. Neatly wrapped presents were also handed out to children.
"You know this came from Santa," Chief Davis told one of the children.
It was little Chanel Lett who seemed the most eager and excited to open her present. She got a new computer tablet.
"I wanted this and dreamed about it. Just saying," Lett said.
Chanel's mom was just as joyous. She admits with six kids and working part time, Christmas didn't look hopeful.
"My first reaction is blessed. I am very blessed, because in the back of mind I thought my kids were not going to get one thing for Christmas because of my situation. I am so really blessed, and I think everyone that chipped in and helped us get what they wanted for Christmas," Pitts said.
Moss Point's police team is just pleased it could help shine a light of generosity this holiday season.
"Patrice, I don't know if I will get any Christmas presents, but today was very moving for me, very touching for me. If I don't get any Christmas presents, I was able to get my gift today,'' said Chief Davis.