Refugee families living in Northwest Arkansas got a pleasant surprise from police officers Wednesday.
The Fayetteville Fraternal Order of Police donated food and Christmas gifts to two families with a total of 10 children.
Canopy NWA, a nonprofit that helps refugees settle down locally, helped organize the surprises.
Canopy NWA Community Outreach Coordinator Lauren Snodgrass said she was floored to learn what the officers wanted to do and loved witnessing the family’s reaction to the gifts.
“She couldn’t believe what was happening. She covered her mouth and her eyes just lit up and she began kind of laughing and looking around in amazement,” Snodgrass said.
“Those families are in need of assistance and new to the United States. They’re all trying to become U.S. citizens and doing it the right way so we wanted to help them out,” said Cpl. Dallas Brashears of the Fayetteville Police Department.
The Fraternal Order of Police used leftover funds from its shop with a cop program to fund the gifts for the two refugee families.