WASHINGTON — ‘Twas a few nights before Christmas at a Glenarden home, when Afeisha Carter and her children were asked not to roam.
Carter knew something great was about to take place, and the thought of it happening put a smile on her face.
Soon outside the home, there arose such a roar, red and blue lights began flashing; the family ran to the door.
First dozens of police motorcycles pulled into the drive, followed by police cars and fire trucks, full of those who save lives.
When the last fire truck appeared, there was a man in the back, he had a beard white as snow, suit of red and a belt that was black.
The children started to jump, yelling “Santa is here,” one asking out loud, “where are the reindeer?”
Next off of a motorcycle comes a man with a badge, Corporal Randy Green with Maryland-National Capital Police who had, heard while at a school that the family was in need, so he rallied up forces, to help him succeed.
It was several weeks earlier he found the family of five, who had to buy a new car, because their old one just died.
The not-planned-for event came at the worst time of year, forcing Carter to use the money that was meant for Christmas cheer.
The 31-year-old single mother told Green of her plight, so he reached out to Santa who agreed to one early flight.
Now back at the house, police officers and Prince George’s County Sheriff’s deputies were near, and even some Kentland Fire Company firefighters and EMTs, where Carter is a volunteer.
One-by-one the kids stepped up to receive gifts to put by their tree, a remote control car for one, for another a Barbie.
The presents were for Denea Norton, 7, and Antonio Norton, 5, Rayshawn is only 3 years old and Desiray is age 9.
For mom, a full-time student, there were presents for her as well. Gift cards to buy food and a iPad, which is swell.
Carter said “it’s truly amazing” what help came in the night, which assures her family can celebrate this Christmas right.
As the cavalry pulled away, the family waved with delight, shouting “Merry Christmas” to those who helped save their Christmas Monday night.