Officers assigned to the Central Neighborhood Patrol Officers (NPOs) answered a call for service on August 6, 2020. Officers met with a single mom who had left a domestic violence relationship and moved into the Central Dallas area with her six children, whose ages range from 2 to 11-years-old.
The mother invited Officers Reneeshia McIntyre and Delia Pesina into her apartment home when they immediately noticed that she did not have any furniture. The mom informed the officers of her circumstances and that she, with the assistance of a local church, was starting a new life with her children by leaving everything she had behind. When the officers left, they felt they needed to do something to help this struggling mom.
“After leaving her apartment, I looked at my partner (Officer McIntyre) and said, we need to do something to help her,” so said Officer Delia Pesina. The officers decided to reach out to their brothers and sisters in blue and ask for help with donations. “The show of support was truly amazing and very overwhelming,” Officer Pesina. The word quickly spread throughout the department and donations poured in from officers across the department and local community members.
Through their efforts, Officers McIntyre and Pesina, along with the assistance of volunteer Carol Archer, were able to help furnish the residence with beds, sofa, dining room table, clothes and various other household items that most of us often take for granted.
“I wish I could do more than say thank you to everyone that contributed to me and my children. We love ya’ll and really love the things you gave us. We are very much appreciative and grateful for you guys helping us.” said the mother of six.