Brighton first responders donate to family in need

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BRIGHTON, Colo. — This Christmas will be one to remember for a local family in need thanks to a special holiday surprise the Brighton Police and Fire Departments arranged.

“They don’t know but they dodged a Christmas bullet. It was going to be a really bad Christmas,” explained Richard Bugiyne. He is a husband and father of eight and struggling hard to make ends meet.

Bugiyne lost his job after the company he worked for went under and then lost their Denver home earlier this year. The family has been living inside an RV ever since, hopping from one parking lot to to the next. Their latest stop outside of a Walmart caught the attention of police .

“Police came and knocked to tell me that I had to move my RV and then I explained what was going on, that there’s not a lot of places for me to move it to,” explained Bugiyne.

Police learned Bugiyne was doing his best to feed his kids and make sure they stayed in school.

Brighton officer Anna Marie Stapleton was touched.

“Could you imagine waking up Christmas morning and looking out of a window and seeing a Wal-Mart sign? So we had to do this,” Stapleton commented.

The local Hampton Inn donated a room to the family for two weeks. Meanwhile the police and fire departments collected donations to give all eight of the kids presents. They also organized the special delivery.

“I can’t wait to see their faces. Santa is going to give them their gifts and I can’t think of a better Christmas for them,” added Stapleton.

The kids shared hugs with Santa and opened up a pile of toys next to the hotel lobby Christmas tree.

Bugiyne just watched in awe as the day went from the kind of holiday no father would ever wish for his kids, to a magical one he could have never dreamt of himself.

“Brighton Police Department and Fire Department are just out of this world nice and genuinely caring. They’re amazing. They really are. I have a renewed respect for those people,” he added.

Officer Stapleton says the department wants to help the family get a fresh start. They are looking to help them get a car so that the father can drive to and from work, and hopefully find them a place to live.

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