Ithaca police officers make Christmas a little merrier for one local grandma

December 23, 2014 by Rachel Cera

Christmas is looking a little rosier for one local grandmother after a couple of Ithaca police officers realized they had an opportunity to help out, and stepped up to the challenge.

The Ithaca Police Department tells us this morning that Officer Derrick Moore approached his supervisor late last week with concerns about an area resident who only has the opportunity to see her grandchildren twice a year "due to parental custody issues." Moore added that the woman was expecting to see her grandchildren this week for Christmas, but wasn't able to afford a Christmas tree. Moore asked his supervisor if there was anything the Ithaca Police Department could do to help, and Officer Chance VanCleef offered to assist Moore with the situation.

Before long, Officers Moore and VanCleef had obtained a Christmas tree, tree stand, and tree decorations, and with the assistance of Sergeant Debbie Lawrence, worked with the Cops, Kids, and Toys program to line up some presents suitable for a 9-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

Moore and VanCleef arranged the delivery of the tree and gifts at the grandmother's house, and have helped make it possible for the kids to have a festive and joyous holiday visit with their grandmother.

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