San Francisco cops reach into own wallets to help homeless family

These four San Francisco police officers reached into their own wallets to help a homeless family of seven
February 11, 2014 7:18:46 AM PST
San Francisco police officers reached into their own wallets to help a homeless family of seven.

ABC7 San Francisco reports that Joel Silva, his wife and their five children were late for the shelter Friday night and had no place to go when Salvation Army workers spotted them and called police.

"They had food, but they were a little low on formula for the baby and wet wipes and what not," SFPD Ofc. Eithne Cummins told ABC7. "They just couldn't be out. It was way past some of the babies' bedtime. We just pooled our resources, got them the wet wipes and basic baby needs and went and located a hotel within walking distance."

According to ABC7, the officers reached into their own pockets and came up with enough money for a night at the hotel.

"At the time it was the right thing to do," Ofc. Valerie Durkin told ABC7. "We all had warm beds to go home to that night."

And thanks to the officers, so did the Silvas.

Get more on this story, including what else is being done to help the Silvas, from our sister station, KGO-TV.


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