Broke Mom Panics After Thief Steals Family's Winter Clothes
Marilyn Caylor 4/6/2018
Most parents will do whatever it takes to give their children everything they need to survive, but sadly sometimes a parent may be too poor to even provide their kids with the basic necessities in life. One Massachusetts mother was in tears when she realized that her children had no clothes, other than the pajamas on their backs, and it was a very chilly 10 degrees outside.
A thief had stolen her children's winter wardrobe from the motel she was staying at in Westampton Township, New Jersey. She had washed the clothes the night before, but then accidentally fell asleep before she was able to retrieve them from the community laundry room's dryer. When she woke up the next morning, everything was gone!
The mom was broke and had no way of replacing the clothing, which was essential for the freezing temperatures. She called the cops and reported the theft, as she had no way to bundle up her four kids and protect them against the cold winter air on their trip home.
When Sgt. Andrew Brewer and Officer Joshua Wood arrived to take the mother's police report, they brought with them lots of sympathy and very heavy hearts. No mom should have to go through what she was going through. Everything was gone - the coats, the socks, and all the clothes the children received for Christmas had disappeared into the night.
Both Brewer and Wood were even more heartbroken when they found out why the woman had been staying in the motel to begin with. She had just undergone a medical procedure for a terrible disease, and needed a place to stay and recover before she went home. Sgt. Brewer told NJ.com:
"I put myself in her position, having children of my own, and realizing how distraught and upset I would be."
The Sgt didn't want these kids to have to deal with this kind of heartache at their tender young age, so he used all the resources at his disposal to arrange a sweet surprise for the family!
Mom and her kids were ecstatic when Sgt. Brewer informed them that an anonymous donor was funding a winter clothing spree at a nearby Target! The Sgt. even escorted the family to the big box store to make sure that they got everything they needed for the trip back home to Massachusettes.
The kids were delighted to have a real-life superhero by their side, as they wandered around the store and picked out new clothes. Check out the cheeky bunny ears the Sgt. received when the group happily posed for a photo!
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Chief Joseph Otto of the Westampton Township Police Department was extremely proud of his officers and commended them both for their quick teamwork.
He told NJ.com:
"[Brewer and Woods] went above and beyond their normal daily duties. It's heartwarming, especially just coming off the holidays."
As for Sgt. Brewer, he said he was just happy to offer a helping hand. Both officers' actions also showed everyone in the community that making a positive impact is not detective work. Anyone can do it if they just take a few minutes of their time to care about their fellow human being.