Couple mourns the loss of their son, but gets unexpected lift from Police Department

Fifty-six-year-old Anita Raines, from Oklahoma City, is the sole breadwinner of her family and works at the local dry cleaners. Their family not having a vehicle, she walks to work every day to support herself and her husband, Larry, who is disabled and unable to work.

Life was a struggle for the Raineses, and with the holidays just around the corner, it looked like there wouldn’t be much of a celebration, at all.

That all changed, though, earlier in the month when Larry called 9-1-1, observing what he thought were strangers loitering around on his property—and Officer Adam Clark, who was on duty at the time, answered the call.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Oklahoma City Police Department‎‏ في الأحد، ٢٤ ديسمبر ٢٠١٧

“I found out that his son passed away, his adult son,” Clark of the Oklahoma City Police Department told PEOPLE.

“They were having a hard time getting through the holidays. And I knew from our conversation that they didn’t have any family in town.”

Afterward, Clark discussed the matter with his wife, Jennifer, and both their hearts went out to the elderly couple. So, they decided to do something to bring a little cheer into their lives for the holiday season.

Racking their brains, they decided to cook Christmas dinner for them, with “all the fixings.”

“I smoked ham!” Clark announced. “There was dessert, there was stuffing. Basically, everything you’d have for a normal Christmas dinner we took over to them on Christmas Eve.”

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Oklahoma City Police Department‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٥ أغسطس ٢٠١٧

When the dispatcher knocked on the front door of Larry and Anita’s home with the lavish Christmas meal, Larry was speechless, and Anita’s eyes filled with tears.

The elderly couple were extremely touched by Adam and Jennifer’s kind gesture. But it didn’t end there:

With so much delicious food still left over, Anita asked the dispatcher not to dish up too much for them, as they only had a mini refrigerator, which inspired Clark to go a step further.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Oklahoma City Police Department‎‏ في الأحد، ٢٤ ديسمبر ٢٠١٧

“So, I sent an email to the people I work with, and within 10 minutes, somebody had donated a refrigerator that was perfectly functional!” said Clark. “Actually, a really nice size.”

Clark solicited for food donations as well. “In the next 48 hours, we raised over 518 dollars for them and two boxes of groceries.”

After receiving the new fridge, Larry commented that it was the “nicest one we’ve ever had.”

“I can’t believe someone would do that for us,” he added. “It wasn’t something we were expecting. My wife and I lost our son a little over a year ago and it’s just been the two of us. We’ve been kind of lonesome and lonely.”

Yet, Clark and his colleagues at the Oklahoma Police Department remain on standby should there be something that might bring the Raineses a bit more cheer in the new year.


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