Police dispatcher provides merry Christmas for less fortunate - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police dispatcher provides merry Christmas for less fortunate

It can be tough enough getting presents for your own family, but imagine that task times 200. For a decade, one West Memphis police dispatcher has made it her mission to provide Christmas to the less fortunate in her community.

The line began forming at noon Friday, even though the doors wouldn't open until two o'clock. And even then, the crowd was called in by alphabetical order.

"I came because I wanted to try to get some toys for my babies," said Sherrica Tucker, a mother of four.

Linda Leach came with her granddaughters, 6-year-old Harley, who of course dreams of a motorcycle under the tree and 5-year-old Caitlin, who wants a Jeep. But recently widowed, and struggling to make ends meet, Leach told the kids there would be no Christmas.

"I said Santa Claus can't come I said maybe next year he'll bring you more stuff," Leach said.

Then she found out about the West Memphis Police Department Toy Giveaway. West Memphis Police Dispatcher Lucy Turner started the giveaway 10 years ago.

"There was a need in West Memphis and I thought I would give it a shot and each year it's getting bigger and bigger and bigger," Turner said.

The event allows hundreds of grateful parents to pick presents they couldn't afford to buy.

"I got a doll head, stuffed animal, some guns which I'm not sure I need...and I might get a bike," said parent Linda Long.

It's a service this public servant hopes to provide for many more years to come.

"As long as God gives me health and strength, and I pray that he gives me health and strength for a long time," Turner said.

All the toys were donated by West Memphis residents and businesses. Lucy Turner says she served about 200 families this year. Double the number that turned out last year.

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