Christmas took a turn for the worst with one single mom in Arizona after burglars broke into her apartment and stole nearly everything, including the Christmas gifts for her special needs son.
The mother, Austin Hume, returned from her job at MacDonald’s on December 4 to find that the home had been ransacked.
“This door was ajar. It was like that. And I knew that I had locked it,” said Hume. “When I looked inside, it didn’t even look like my house.”
Everything was gone, including her son’s Christmas presents and her laptop, which had her final term papers for school on it.
“I wanted him to have presents under his tree and I worked so hard to make sure he had presents under his tree,” said Austin.
Thankfully, Austin and her son had the local good-Samaritan police department looking out for them.
"Our guys out here -- they work hard and they have a tough and dangerous job. But when they see someone in need, it's rare that they won’t step outside the box and come to their aid,” said James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Department.
Detectives managed to track down her laptop at a pawn shop, and convinced the store to give it up in time for finals. But what they did next went above and beyond the call of duty.
Officers, who did not wish to be identified, stopped by Hume’s apartment with Christmas gifts to replace those that had been stolen.
“My son’s eyes lit up when they saw the officer. He said, ‘Superman!’”
Austin further stated, “They gave me back my son’s Christmas.”
Although the act itself was breathtaking, it is the lack of desire to be recognized that truly speaks volumes about these public servants.
“They don’t do it for their 15 minutes, they don’t do it for the publicity; they do it because it makes their heart feel good,” said Holmes.
While police have not made any arrests in the case, they have said that they are following several strong leads.