UNION, NJ – A taste of Christmas came a few days early to a Union family when Santa and some township police officers arrived in police cars at the Munt home on Saturday afternoon, lights and sirens blaring.

Victoria, 14, and Harrison, 10, lost their father Alex Munt suddenly this past Thanksgiving.  Their mom Danielle said the township police and school personnel have been wonderful.

“I am just so appreciative of the officer’s generosity,” said Danielle.  “To take time to ask what the kids liked was so thoughtful.”

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Harrison, a student at Jefferson School, received an Xbox One and a Kindle.  Victoria, a Union High School student and avid cheerleader, received a Kindle and a gym bag filled with cheer clothing.

Surrounded by family and friends, including Karen Hoffman, a Jefferson School counselor, Santa and the officers watched the Munt children open their gifts.  “We wanted you to know you are not alone,” said Union police officer Mike Loguidice.  Loguidice said the toys were purchased with some of the proceeds from the recent Santa in Blue toy Drive.  He said Bed, Bath and Beyond donated cash which helped with the purchases.

“The children’s teachers and everyone at their schools have been great,” said Danielle.  Of Karen Hoffman, Danielle said, “she has been absolutely incredible.”

“We so much appreciate everyone taking time out to come and do this for the kids,” said Danielle.  “It means a lot.”