DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — “Santa Cops” spread cheer across Dallas today as they delivered toys and food to hundreds of families in need.
For at least one family, it will be the first Christmas without their mother.
When asked how much she misses her mother, Na’Karea Jackson, 9, said this, “more than all of the raindrops in the rainstorm.”
Her mother, Breshauna Jackson, was 2 weeks from giving birth in April, when she was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend Tyrone Allen.
The couple’s baby was grazed with a bullet in the womb but survived the shooting.
Eight months after the death, Jackson’s close knit family and her 6 children are still coming to terms with Jackson’s sudden death.
“I just see people go on about their lives and stuff,” said Diane Anderson, Jackson’s mother, who now takes care of 3 of Jackson’s children. “And that’s how I felt, that nobody care about her no more and nobody cared about her baby.”
But Dallas Police officer Shala Phenix hadn’t forgotten about Jackson or her children. Phenix nominated them to be one of the hundreds of families who receive gifts as part of the Dallas Police Department’s “Santa Cops” program, which gives gifts and food donations to families in need.
“This is the first one without her,” Anderson said.
Dallas police officers personally delivered the toys to their home Saturday.
“I feel so grateful and so appreciative of that because they’re mom made sure that every Christmas they had a good Christmas,” Anderson said.
The children saw their bicycles, but the rest of their gifts will be a Christmas surprise.
Anderson dotes on her grandchildren and her granddaughter Na’Karea dotes on her little brother, TJ. The close knit family tries to help each other through the dark times.
“Whenever I’m down and miss my mom, she’s there for me,” said Na’Karea about her grandmother.
And for that, there is still much to celebrate.
Tyrone Allen remains in the Dallas County jail under a $6,000,000 bond. He is awaiting trial.
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