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Columbus officers donate goods, buy storage locker for items to give to families in need

Officers collect donations, and often times buy supplies themselves to hand out to those families.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many times when police show up to a house, they see families in need.

Officers collect donations, and often times buy supplies themselves to hand out to those families.

Officers in the 13th precinct had so many items, Officer Amanda Hoover took it upon herself to rent a storage locker.

She says that way other officers and community groups have access to either hand-out or drop-off donations for those families who could use the help.

“Growing up, I was very poor. I would have officers who would come to the house frequently due to family issues. They would either bring food, I know it sounds crazy, they would bring light bulbs. Those are things people don't realize is a necessity,” Hoover said.

“Sometimes, we go into a house and the people literally have nothing. The kids are laying on the floor, there's (no) toys, no furniture. If we see the need, and we have time, we can take it up there,” said Officer Heidi Graber.

If you want to donate goods, you can reach out to the Starfish Assignment, or Columbus Police Public Information Office.