The Wrightsville Beach Police Department came bearing gifts today. The daughter of a fallen fellow law enforcement officer made a list, they checked it twice, and she got just about everything on it. A new pink bike, throw in some board games, and a little dash of Hanna Montana, and you've got all the makings of a little girl's perfect Christmas. Shaun Appler of WBPD said, “I think the best part was seeing Isley's face. She made a list before she got here, and she was able to get I think everything on her list.” Seven year old Isley's mother, Tarica Pulliam was a New Hanover County detention officer. Pulliam was murdered in August by a former boyfriend. The Wrightsville Beach Police Officer's Benevolent Association donated money to the Pulliams to make sure what'll likely be a difficult Christmas, is a little brighter. Gracie Pulliam, Tarica’s mother said, “It’s overwhelming, but I'm very grateful, my family and I we're very grateful because the community has been awesome.” But the Wrightsville Beach police did more than just raise money to pay for the gifts; Isley had her very own police escort through Toys R Us helping her shop. Appler said, “It's Christmas. It should be a joyous time of year. And unfortunately for people who've lost someone throughout the year, its not necessarily a happy time, if we could just bring a little bit of joy to their lives, its all worth it.” You hear it a lot around Christmas, it's better to give than to receive. In this case, it seems both are equally appreciated. Appler continued, “My heart goes out to them. I will always cherish them.” The Wrightsville Beach Police Benevolent Association gets donations from local businesses and residents throughout the year, in addition to their fundraisers. In this case, the donation covered the cost of all the gifts, even with some money left over that Isley gets to keep.
- Video Central
- About WWAY