Canterbury police and local businesses have warmed hearts nationwide by coming together to save Christmas for a family in need.
When Acting Senior Sergeant Julie Fifield and Senior Constable Bruce Ward visited a home on Sunday morning and found there would be no Christmas for six children because of money difficulties, they took it upon themselves to make sure Christmas would come.
They approached local businesses and received generous donations of food and toys from two stores.
Whitcoulls provided toys, games and books, while Westfield Pak'nSave donated meat and fruit for the family.
"The family were overwhelmed, humbled and extremely grateful that Christmas will indeed come in 2017," police wrote on Facebook. "Their tears, laughter and smiles were very real."
The post has already garnered hundreds of "likes" and positive reactions, with comments such as, "Thanks for going the extra mile guys," and "just the sort of kind hearted acts we need at this time of year".