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Beyond the call of generosity.
WMC-TV screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET
On Sunday, 11-year-old Tontrevion Campbell went to church with his mom.
At the same time, police say, burglars entered his home and broke one of the Commandments.
As the Memphis Police Department describes it on its Facebook page: “The thief or thieves stole several of his mom’s items, but they also stole the young man’s Xbox game system and every single game that this 11-year-old owned.”
There are quite a few adults who’d be upset. However, when the police arrived, “the officers knew that this game system (while it was handed down from someone else) was everything to him.”
Tontrevion told the officers that he wouldn’t even ask Santa for a new one, as, “My mom works long hours and several jobs…she uses that money to just pay the bills.”
This was when sheer humanity took over.
WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee
The officers went off to a GameStop and clubbed together to buy a new Xbox and three games. When the GameStop clerk heard why they were buying it, the store threw in an additional controller.
Even then, the officers didn’t waltz in and play hero. Instead, they went back to Tontrevion’s house and showed him the new Xbox. They asked him if it was his.
His reply: “No, sir….mine was older.”
If you’re not moved by that then you should be an exhibit in a museum.
The officers, when they presented him with his new Xbox, even told him: “We tried to get some games that wouldn’t be too violent.”
Officers Jerry Graves, Antonio Martin, Antwan Cooper and Justin Bourland were the ones who showed this basic, beautiful act of generosity.
“Just to be able to alleviate some of their stress, just for that day and actually help the family in this time like Christmas, it really was an overwhelming feeling,” Martin told WMC-TV.
As to whether the alleged burglar was caught, the Memphis Police Department didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
Still, the officers proved that contributing to the community at Christmas can take on many guises. All it took to make one little kid happy was to buy him an Xbox.