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Police Deliver Christmas Toys To Children Left Alone By Mother

December 31, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ When a mother left her children alone without presents under their Christmas tree, her 6-year-old son called the 911 emergency number, prompting a police officer to turn into a Santa.

″Have you seen Santa?″ little Georgie Wong asked the emergency operator at 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day. ″He hasn’t shown up yet.″

The operator explained that Santa probably was running late on his delivery route. But Georgie and his brothers, Michael, 7, and Gilbert, 5, weren’t satisfied.

An hour later, Georgie dialed 911 again, and again was told Santa probably was still making the rounds.

Gina de Grandis, who supervises the 911 operators, said they told her about Georgie’s calls, and ″we started thinking, ’How can we get toys for these kids?‴

De Grandis called the Police Department’s Newton division, knowing the police there had a truck full of toys for needy children only one day earlier.

Sgt. Carl Johnson said the toys were all distributed, but ″he got all excited″ when told about Georgie’s calls, de Grandis said.

Johnson tracked down some more toys and delivered them to Georgie’s house just before noon. Seeing the poverty in the home, he then went out and scrounged up another bagful of toys.

The youngsters’ faces lit up with joy when they saw the plastic planes, trains and toy telephone, said Floyd Ellis, who owns the house where the boys live. ″They fell down on the floor playing with them,″ he said.

The boys’ mother, Yolanda Negron, who is unemployed, said she left the boys alone on Christmas Day to visit her boyfriend. She knew nothing of Georgie’s calls to 911, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner reported Wednesday.

″That little boy is something else,″ she said.

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