Police Elves Help for the Holidays


EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) –  Susan and Bruce Owens just welcomed twins into their family. But the season of cheer is instead fear and uncertainty.

“I have a husband, he’s stage four cancer. He has chemo three times a week, every three weeks,” explains Susan Owens of Stroud Township.

Susan and Bruce, a volunteer firefighter, weren’t sure they could give their other son, 7-year-old Wyatt, a Christmas.

“It’s hard, financially its a struggle,” Owens adds.

But Wyatt doesn’t know elves, police elves, are working hard for him.

“We’re giving back to some families who are having a rough, rough year,” says Officer Chris Shelly of Stroud Area Regional Police.

There’s enough gifts for 25 kids, including everything from electronics to toys, even bikes.

Stroud Area Regional Police, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 75 and the community teamed up to help 10 local, struggling families. Each family isn’t whole this holiday after either battling an illness, losing a parent to cancer, or having their home destroyed by fire.

“Without this, these kids wouldn’t have Christmas. And Christmas is important, especially for kids,” explains Keith Brooks, Fraternal Order of Police 75.

Back at the Ownes house, Susan isn’t sure what tomorrow will bring. But thanks those miracle workers, there’s one thing she is sure of.

“This means my son will have a Christmas,” says a tearful Owens.

Wednesday evening, those families showed up to Pocono Medical Center to receive their gifts from Santa. The event’s held every year to remember Jeff Olsen and Doug Knowles, two Stroud Area Regional Police employees who passed away.

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