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Okla. cops surprise man who lost possessions in house fire

The Tulsa Police Department’s random act of kindness helped a man get back on his feet

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By Suzie Ziegler

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Foundation surprised a man who says he lost everything in a house fire this week.

The organization has been raising money and collecting donations for its weekly “Random Acts of Kindness” outreach, according to FOX 23. The program, now in its fifth year, lets officers give meals, gas cards or gift cards to a random community member in need of help. This year, police officers are giving out $50,000 in gifts donated by Tulsa community members.

This week, the recipient was extra special. Officers had heard about the fire that ravaged a man’s home Wednesday. When officers arrived, they learned that the man’s son is a retired Tulsa police officer.

Officers surprised Larry Edwards Sr. with holiday meals and gift cards to help him buy some essentials, said FOX 23.

Edwards told FOX 23 that he’s devastated. He lived in the home for more than 50 years and raised his children there.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.