Mounties and a local store owner in the West Kootenay saved Christmas for two kids left in foster care.
When the Ministry of Children and Families removed two children from the family home in Trail late on Christmas Eve, officers feared the two girls, aged five and nine, would have no presents under the tree the next morning.
They sprang into action, searching for presents, but with no suitable stores open. Finally, the owner of the Trail Canadian Tire let them in after-hours.
With arms full of gifts, the Mounties rushed back to the foster home so the foster mother could wrap the presents for the morning.
When the officers returned to the store the next day to pay for the shopping spree, the owner refused to accept any money.
Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke thanks those involved, who he says went above and beyond to ensure that Santa came for two small children.