‘It Was A Wonderful Gift’: Denver Police Pay It Forward With Anonymous Donation

DENVER (CBS4)– Parents in need were overjoyed Christmas Eve, thanks to an anonymous gift. A man, who wishes to remain unnamed, made a donation to the Denver Police Department.

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“He dropped it off quickly and ran out of the station,” said Lieutenant Ken Chavez, “He said ‘I want to give this to needy families, so please give this to them.’”

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A secret santa left the cash with the DPD detective Tuesday. Lt. Chavez sought out one of the many nonprofits Denver Police works with to help him pay it forward.

Samaritan House, a homeless shelter in Downtown Denver, helped DPD find five families in need of the donation.

“We were gifted $100 and it was a wonderful gift,” said Kayle, a mother of three living at the Samaritan House.

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Kayle and her sons joined the other four families Christmas Eve, as they opened the cash-filled envelopes in unison. Her husband was tending to their third son, after having been sick for many years himself.

“My husband, three years ago, was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer. They did everything they could, but a year ago he started get sick again. I wasn’t working. He lost his job, then we lost the car and our home. We lost everything,” said Kayle. “It’s hard to explain it all when you don’t know what to say to your child.”

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Kayle opened the envelope along with the other parents, not knowing what to expect.

It was like a child opening a gift on Christmas morning. But this time it was a parent, excited every cent would go to her children.

“Christmas is not about what’s under the tree or how much is under the tree. Christmas is just about who is here with us today. This definitely shows who is good in the world and the good people in the world. People do good things for those in need,” said Kayle.

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Kayle, nor DPD, know the identity of the person who made the donation.

From the bottom of Kayle’s heart, she hopes to tell the donor: Thank You.

LINK: Samaritan House