Braintree PD raising money for single mom after theft
BRAINTREE, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Braintree community is coming together to help a single mother whose rims and tires -- worth $2,000 -- were stolen from her family’s car.
The car's owner, Maryanne Coleman, who recently lost her husband to cancer, was shocked.
“I couldn't believe my eyes, I really couldn't,” said Coleman.
It's been a year of heartbreak for Coleman and her two sons; they lost husband and father, Brian, to lung cancer in December.
“He fought the good fight. He lived a little over a year. He passed away December 15,” said Coleman.
Coleman calls the theft the last straw.
“So I cried. I cried a lot. It’s been hard. It’s hard enough not having him here and having stuff like this happen,” Coleman said.
Her friend and Braintree police officer, Brendan McLaughlin, decided to raise donations from within Braintree Police Department to help cover the cost of her insurance deductible.
“I'm sure his thought was, we could give her $100 bucks, or a couple hundred dollars, that would be great,” said Chief Jenkins, Braintree Police Department.
But word got out to the Braintree community and people from all around were donating $10, $15, $20 and more.
“If it wasn't for [Brendan McLaughlin] I'd probably still be crying,” Coleman said.
So far, the police department has collected more than $1000, and it's growing every day.
“This now is well past the cost of the tires and it's still coming in,” said Coleman.
A family lifted by neighbors, in their time of need.
“It's really nice to have people restore your faith in humanity,” said Coleman.
Coleman, of course, is very grateful. And the one thing she said she'll do with the money left over, is buy a car alarm.