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Local mother paralyzed by stray bullet gets early Christmas surprise

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Blue Santa, a friend of the Washington University Police Department, delivered loads of toys, boxes of food and plenty of gift cards to Collier and her two children. Credit: KMOV Blue Santa, a friend of the Washington University Police Department, delivered loads of toys, boxes of food and plenty of gift cards to Collier and her two children. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A mother of two is on the road to recovery.

Tamara Collier was hit by a stray bullet in September while inside her own home. The gunfire came during a police-involved shooting.

Thursday, Collier and her family got an early Christmas surprise.

There were no bells ringing. Snow was not falling. But a few felt the holiday spirit.

Santa, wearing a special color, made a special visit to Collier.

Blue Santa, a friend of the Washington University Police Department, delivered loads of toys, boxes of food and plenty of gift cards to Collier and her two children.

"It's overwhelming, but I am blessed to see my kids are happy. I live to see this Christmas, this spectacular Christmas," said Collier.

Oh, what a Christmas filled with joy Collier never counted on.

"Around the holiday times, we see people at their worst and we decided to try to help a family once a year," said Officer Don Moore.

Officer Moore was touched by Collier's story and made sure Blue Santa met her.

"Just to see the glow in Tamara's eyes was really just overwhelming and emotional. You can tell, right off the bat, she knew we were there to help and she needed the help," added Officer Moore.

She'll need help for a long time.

"The last time you all saw me, I had a cervical collar, a trach and everything else," added Collier.

The medical devices are gone now.

"And I thank God for that," said Collier.

She keeps getting better.

"I am breathing on my own. I have movement in my right hand. I feel my feet and everything, so it is nothing but God," added Collier.

It's Him who gives her strength.

"I'm still fighting. Don't label me as a quadriplegic or the girl who was paralyzed. Label me as a living testimony," added Collier.

Collier told News 4 seeing her kids so happy after hanging with Blue Santa gives her enough energy to keep pushing along her long road to recovery. It's costly. If you'd like to help, you can by clicking here.

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