MISSING SON WAS PLANNING CHRISTMAS SURPRISE

 A single mother who spent her savings to move her family into a new apartment was overcome with worry when her son kept disappearing — but unbeknownst to her, her loving children were planning a Christmas surprise. Sophia Reed recently moved to Oklahoma City after her husband suddenly left her. The move used up most of her savings thanks to the security deposit and rent, and Reed planned to share a nice Christmas dinner with her four children in lieu of buying presents she couldn’t afford. But as the family settled into their new home and surroundings, Reed became increasingly concerned as her 13-year-old son, Darius, kept disappearing for hours on end. So the worried mother turned to the police while Darius was on one of his mysterious excursions in mid-December, and that’s when it was revealed what her son and his siblings were up to. Darius told a police officer that he was collecting hundreds of cans to raise money and bring some Christmas cheer to his mother. At that point, the young boy had collected $13. After learning what he was up to, the officer decided to keep Darius’ secret, and went back to his station to spread the word with the intention of helping the 13-year-old on his mission. The department was able to raise about $800 to buy gifts for Reed and her children, just in time for Christmas.


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