On Thursday it posted a message on its Facebook page asking the community to help the children whose father, police say, “works really hard” and is struggling financially. He was at work when his wife died.
Within hours of the police department’s request, people flooded the department with donations of toys, clothing, blankets, food and money for the family. One woman reportedly donated $9,000 – $1,000 for each child. Phone calls from people wanting to help have poured in from across the country.
Linda Rall, who owns a skating rink in Middletown, dropped off presents and skating passes for the family. She told the Journal-News in Hamilton, Ohio that she lost her mother on Christmas 18 years ago and can’t imagine nine children going through such a loss.
“It’s just horrible,” she told the newspaper. “It’s so heartbreaking. Everybody ne Christmas.”
We have had an amazing day watching all of you bring us donations for the Sanders family. We will halt walk-in donations for now simply because we need to organize all of the items and figure out what the family still ne. We are still taking monetary donations though. Thank you so much for your support, we love our city!
“The kids, all 9 of them, have just lost their mother to a tragic death and right before Christmas on top of that. The mother was with her supposed ‘friends’ who then in turn left her to die in front of her 9 kids. Not only did they leave her to die, but they stole her money as well and told the kids they were leaving to go buy a 2-liter of soda.”
Police wrote how the family “has touched our hearts and we want to help them. It’s not about our Facebook page, it’s not about ‘Likes.’ it’s about pure human compassion.”
They posted another message Friday saying that the donations “will not only take care of the family of 9 kids and their father, but also other area families who need help. This is Middletown, Butler County and Ohio at it’s best! So proud of all of you.”
“The father had gray hair and gray facial hair with a red and black coat on. The son had on a brown jacket and was of thin build,” police described on Facebook.
Muterspaw told the Journal-News in Hamilton, Ohio that they will find the men. “We want them bad,” he said.