Mount Dora Police Department Brings the Spirit of the Season to Local Family Dealing with Health Crisis

Mom Kaila Williams with Santa, daughter Kearani, son Nehemiah, and Detective Pat Thomas

The Mount Dora Police Department (MDPD) treated a local family from northeast Mount Dora with a very special Christmas this year.  Little Nehemiah Williams (2), younger brother to Kearani Williams (5), suffers from a rare liver disease.  Nehemiah is on the liver transplant list awaiting a match.

Nehemiah's mom offers a hug to Detective Thomas
Nehemiah’s mom offers a hug to Detective Thomas

The child’s mother, Kaila, has had to stop working due to Nehemiah’s medical condition. That makes it tough for a mom to provide a magical Christmas to her children.  Pat Thomas, with the Mount Dora PD, was very concerned for the small family.  As members of the Police Department talked with Kaila through community outreach channels, they got to know her and her situation just a bit. They learned she is a single mother who is facing a tough road ahead with Nehemiah’s pending transplant.  That was enough to know they wanted to help.

Nehemiah with some of the wonderful Christmas bounty he received
Nehemiah with some of the wonderful Christmas bounty he received

The MDPD immediately began networking with friends, businesses, and fellow officers to relay the concerns about the family’s situation. Within days, the Police Department gathered gift donations from local businesses, including Target, Wal-Mart, Lake Cares Food Pantry, the Women’s Club of Country Club, Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Mount Dora Heroes Foundation and police officers.

Deputy Chief Bell, playing police cars with Nehemiah
Deputy Chief Bell, getting into the spirit with Nehemiah

“It’s a great honor to be part of a community that comes together for a family in need,” says John O’Grady, Chief of Police, MDPD. “The Williams family will truly have a Christmas to remember and we are proud to be involved.”

MDPD showered the Williams Family with a Christmas celebration on Wednesday, December 16, at 4PM at the Mount Dora Police Department.  The Williams family may be facing some tough times ahead, but this year, on this Christmas, they can be assured there are people and organizations who do care and who are there for them.

Melissa DeMarco, Editor (