FAMU Police Department gives Christmas gifts to local family

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The FAMU Police Department gave gifts to a Tallahassee mother and her five kids.

The excitement and gratefulness was noticeable in their voices and through their tears.

Each child - aged 10, 10, 8, 5, and 1 - all had their very own pile of presents. Their mom also got some.

The FAMU police chief, officers, and staff presented the gifts Tuesday afternoon at the police headquarters on campus. It was part of the department's annual Stuff The Cruiser program.

"I feel very excited, overwhelmed. I thank God. It's a blessing because you never know. I'm really excited," said mother Sherita Billingsley.

The program is financed through FAMUPD's amnesty program. The officers give students who qualify a reduction on their parking fines if they bring in a gift card.

Those gift cards go toward fulfilling a local family's Christmas wish list.

This is the third year FAMUPD has held the event.

The department was only able to help one family this year. Previously, they assisted multiple families at a time.

"It's been really hard. I've been trying my best to do what I got to do for my children, especially being a single mom. It's a blessing and I'm thankful. This means a very lot to us and we appreciate it," Billingsley said.

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