Wisconsin family gives back to police for helping them through the holidays

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GREEN BAY, Wis (WBAY) – Apples, apples and more apples to peel. The Berreau family is busy making more than a dozen apple pies two nights before Christmas.

“Do you guys know what we’re doing this for?” Lynnette Berreau asks.

“The police!” answered her children.

A De Pere family is thanking the De Pere and Green Bay police departments, saying officers went out of their way to make sure the family has presents under the Christmas tree.

“We’re bringing some surprises, some goodies, to them tomorrow night,” said Lynnette.

Monday morning, Lynnette received a call that things appeared missing in her garage. When she got home, she discovered what had been taken.

“Christmas presents I had for the kids, Christmas presents other people sent to the kids, Grandma Jackie’s gifts,” said Lynnette, “bikes, the roller blades, food missing from the freezer, the chest freezer in the garage.”

Just four days before Christmas, Lynnette filed a police report and tried to figure out what to do.

The next day she got a call — and a visit from the police dispatcher who answered her call.

“She showed up at my work with a beautiful arraignment of flowers and some gift cards and some cash,” said Lynnette.

She says the money and gifts were donated by the De Pere and Green Bay police departments.

Lynnette believes they went beyond their call of duty to make sure her children could have a Christmas.

Lynnette says she plans to bring pies and thank you cards to the departments Christmas Eve.

The kids say no matter what their holiday looks like their favorite part of Christmas is family.

“Spending time with my mom and my brothers and sister,” said Lynnette’s daughter, “because it’s not all about just opening presents.”

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