A detective and a surf instructor shopping? On Christmas Eve? It was all to help a needy family have a special Christmas. They had their list and they checked it twice. Or so they said. Michael Altilio, a Wrightsville Beach detective said, "It's a mess, if you don't have kids, all these 3Ts and 4Ts don't make sense to me." Wrightsville Beach detective Mike Altilio and Kowabunga Surf instructor Kenny Hand shopped until they dropped on Christmas Eve trying to find clothing and toys for a family of five. Hand said, "We had to shop for five individual kids, and we don't have kids, so it was a little tricky doing it, but we appreciate doing it." From clothing sizes, to age appropriate toys, the two spent a good part of their day trying to find the perfect gifts. When they delivered the bags and bags of gifts to mom Kristy Packer, she was relieved knowing her kids will have presents to open this year. She said, “I was just amazed and happy, and it was just a true blessing. It's always good to have something to open up under the tree, so that is going to be good enough for me." Between the two of them, they had $400 to spend; half of which came from the Wrightsville Beach Benevolent Club, and the rest in donations from the surf camp.
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