Children in many Santa Rosa, California, homes lost everything in the Tubbs’ fires. Many have had their world’s turned upside down with no place to call home. The police of Santa Rosa saw the children’s plight and sprang into action. With less than a week to go until Halloween, the officers collected new Halloween outfits for children. Many merchants from across the state and beyond assisted the officers in collecting the outfits.
Each child was then allowed to go to Santa Rosa Christian Church where tables and racks were filled with every Halloween costume imaginable. There were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle outfits, Batman outfits, angel outfits and many more. Parents could accompany their child on their quest to find the perfect Halloween outfit.
Children did not have to wait long to start the quest to get the best Halloween candy as members of a local Girl Scouts troop were on hand to give out candy to all children in attendance. One mother expressed the feelings of many in attendance when she said she was so thankful that her child could experience something as natural as picking out a Halloween outfit for many children’s favorite holiday.
Sergeant Summer Black who was in charge of the event said that the idea to host the event started as officers talked about the devastation that had been done to their community. He took to Facebook suggesting that people could donate Halloween outfits at local police departments. Soon, donations came pouring in from across the community and around the nation.