Police officers in South Bend, Indiana, responded swiftly on the morning of Christmas Eve after a "true-life Grinch" broke into one family's home and stole their food and gifts from under the tree.
"After talking to the homeowner, officers learned that Christmas gifts had been taken, leaving the children with nothing for the holidays," the South Bend Police Department explained in a post shared on Facebook.
Thankfully, the officers on duty quickly contacted the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36. The group's "Santa's Elficers" program told the deputies they had leftover gifts to share with the family in need.
"Officers then came back to the residence with several boxes of Christmas presents and food for the family," the SBPD explained. "This is what serving our community is all about."
In the video, four police officers can be seen surprising the mother and her three children with a brand new pile of Christmas gifts. "Oh my goodness," the overjoyed mom exclaims before telling her kids to thank the officers for their kind-hearted gesture. She, too, thanked them for their generosity.
During an interview with WNDU-TV, Patrolman Brian Meador compared the thief to "The Grinch" from Dr. Seuss' popular Christmas story.
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