Days before Blanca Borrego was set to give birth to her sixth child, thieves broke into her car and stole all the gifts she received at her baby shower.
The Rialto Police Department passed the hat to help Borrego’s family and the community rallied together to replace those gifts, and then some.
“The husband told me that sometimes the wife gets picked on because she’s deaf, and that the family’s had a hard time, and it just touched my heart,” said Rialto Police Department’s Noretta Barker, who took the theft report form the Borregos.
Baby Martino was born on April 20.
Officers and their families donated brand new items, including cribs, high chairs and toiletries.
“We also got handmade items,” said Cpl. Cameron Nelson. “One of our officers’ wives made handmade blankets for the kid.”
The family received more than $1,000 in baby gifts to replace the ones that were stolen, and the Rialto Police Department on Thursday gave them a check for $250 to help their growing family.