It’s amazing the things a community will do when one of their own is faced with hardship.
On October 8, 2016, Officers Lesley Zerebny and Jose Vega were gunned down in Palm Springs, California. Both officers left behind families, and while the community supported their loved ones, some extra special moms helped out Zerebny’s husband and their baby daughter, Cora.
Zerebny, 27, was killed in the line of duty and left behind a husband and 4-month-old daughter.
After her family heard the awful news, one of Zerebny’s relatives asked for prayers for the family on Facebook. A woman identified only by a first name, Ashley, responded to the call. She asked if donated breast milk would help the family.
The answer was yes!
Less than 24 hours after the post asking for prayers was published on Facebook, local mothers banded together and donated more than 500 ounces of breast milk to Cora. It was estimated that that amount of milk could last roughly a month.
A family member requested prayers for the family and a stranger asked if donated breast milk would also help.
Claudine Wong of KTVU posted several photos of the donated breast milk on her Facebook page and wrote how extraordinarily amazing the community effort was.
“It is amazing what people do when they find out there is a need and find out that they can help,” Wong wrote.
According to Wong all of the milk would be screened and tested before Cora consumed it.
Over 500 ounces of breast milk was donated to Cora.
Wong wrote that while all of the breast milk was very appreciated the police officers association asked for all further donations be in the form of formula. If you would like to donate, there is a GoFundMe set up in Officer Zerebny’s name.
The KTVU reporter wrote that she spoke with Ashley regarding the local mothers’ good deed and Ashley said she didn’t want any credit. She just saw herself as doing something good in a bad situation.