A Boyle Heights household obtained some assist from LAPD after thieves stole all of their new garments, bought with household financial savings and present playing cards they’d saved from the youngsters’s birthdays.
Nancy Colín mentioned thieves broke into her household’s automobile because it was parked of their Boyle Heights neighborhood. Among the objects stolen had been all of the garments the household owns.
“I instructed the officer my children are with one pair of pants, one underwear, they haven’t any jackets, no sweaters,” Colín mentioned.
They had nothing left as a result of the household had cleaned out their closets of objects that now not match and purchased new garments, utilizing household financial savings and present playing cards acquired from the children’ birthdays.
All of the brand new garments had been of their automobile as a result of they’d simply returned from the laundromat.
“I started crying. There was nothing we could do. We went around the block knocking on doors, no one saw anything,” she mentioned.
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When the senior lead officer at LAPD’s Hollenbeck station heard concerning the household, he contacted Badge of Heart. The nonprofit, run by cops who volunteer their time, helps these in want. Training officer Ken Lew is the founder.
“Going into thousands of homes as a young officer, seeing the living conditions and lack of food and clothes, it resonated with me because that’s how I was growing up with my family,” Lew mentioned.
Badge of Heart has helped greater than 4,000 households, kids and seniors with a lot wanted necessities, together with the Colín household, who acquired present playing cards for clothes and meals.
“Us Latinos always think we are something not important to the cops so this time they proved us wrong. They do help,” she mentioned.
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Officer Lew mentioned Badge of Heart has acquired 3 times as many requests for assist because the pandemic began, in order that they’re all the time in want of donations.
“We do have thousands of officers that help people daily or we wouldn’t be doing this for a living,” Lew mentioned.