Valley Center community and officer collect donations for child in need

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The holidays are the season of giving and that’s why the Valley Center Department of Public Safety stepped in to make a Christmas miracle come true for a boy.

Just a few days ago, Lucinda Briley didn't know she'd be raising a three-year-old child, but when her great nephew’s family found themselves unable to care for him, Briley didn’t think twice about taking him in.

She had nothing needed to care for her nephew, Josh and not knowing where to turn she called the Valley Center Police Department, and spoke to Officer Sara Schaller.

"I did a little more digging and asked if she had a bed for him to sleep on or anything like that and she really kind of said that they didn't have much of anything at all so I kind of just pictured what i would need if I was a three-year-old boy,” Schaller said.

What happened next is what the holiday season is really all about. Donations from across the city started pouring in. Police and firefighters said people brought in so much that they had to turn people away.

"It just kind of took off like magic. I mean within a couple of hours we had more than a dozen people call and come up and we've received more than we ever expected to receive. And it's just been amazing how the community has come together to help us with this,” Schaller said.

When Josh and his aunt arrived, the gifts were placed under a Christmas tree. Standing in for Santa, Officer Schaller gave Josh and his aunt a first Christmas together, that they'll never forget.

"It made me want to cry. I just called up here and asked for a car seat but she went way out of her way and got clothes and toys and a bed, a car bed and car seat and food donations. The Valley Center Police and Fire Department went way out of their way to help us out,” Briley said.

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