December 29, 2015 3:28 pm
Updated: December 29, 2015 4:28 pm

Trail RCMP, store owner save Christmas for children left in foster care

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Two RCMP officers and a store owner in Trail, B.C. went out of their way to make sure Santa paid a visit to two children left in foster care this Christmas Eve.

Cpl. Devon Reid with the Trail Detachment says the two girls, aged five and nine, were apprehended by the Ministry of Children and Family Development some time around 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve “because of a situation in a family home” and given to a foster family.

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Fearing the children would be left with no presents on Christmas morning, two Trail RCMP officers, Cst. Elwood and Cst. Flewelling, reached out to a local owner of the Canadian Tire store, who did not hesitate to re-open the store and allow the officers to go shopping.

With arms full of presents, the officers rushed back to the foster home, so the foster mother could wrap the presents for the morning.

When the members went back two days later to try to pay for the gifts because the till was not open that night, the owner of the store, Craig Lattanville, refused to take the money.

Lattanville told Global News it was the least he could do, and what any local business would have done in a similar situation.

“We have a tight-knit community with great people that never surprises me what each of them do to help one another,” says Lattanville.

He adds that the foster family that took the two children in close to midnight and provided them with a safe environment deserves all the recognition.

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