Last week, several Chicago police officers responded to a call about a child being left home alone. When they arrived to the scene, they found a much more dire situation. Three girls, a seven-year-old, a two-year-old, and a one-year-old, had been left in an abandoned house.
According to the Chicago Police Department Facebook page, the girls were immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where they were given a thorough check-up. Meanwhile, the police officers and the Department of Children and Family Services attempted to make contact with a family member of the children.
They were able to get in touch with the girls' grandmother, who agreed to take the girls in. Unfortunately, the grandmother had recently lost her job. As a result, she was lacking many of the resources needed to raise three young girls.
That is where the Chicago Police Department stepped in:
"All week long, officers have been stopping by the house with clothes, food, toys, diapers, and even furniture so the girls will have a place to sleep.
These items were purchased by the officers (on their own) or items from their own homes that are not being used anymore. Money has been donated for supermarket gift cards."
But the police officers didn't stop there. Upon learning that two of the three girls had upcoming birthdays, they decided to put together a birthday celebration.
The officers filled the grandmother's apartment with all of the birthday party necessities: balloons, cake, and party hats.
Oh, and presents. Lots of presents.
Thanks to the these police officers, the children were not only rescued from a potentially devastating situation, but they were able to have a birthday party that they will never forget.