Community rallies for clothesless kids |

Community rallies for clothesless kids

Roman Gokhman

The Nevada County community has shown a Grass Valley woman and her family how much they care.

By the time Crystal Delgado has time to sit down and write thank-you notes to everyone who gave the children she cares for clothes and money, the children just might grow out of them.

“I knew there would be some kind-hearted people who felt sorry, but I never expected this many people to offer help to strangers,” Delgado said Sunday.

On May 10, Delgado left 10 loads of clothes – most of them the children’s – to dry at the Glenbrook Laundromat on Sutton Way while her 10-year-old niece watched over the laundry. When the niece left the clothes for two minutes to call Delgado and let her know she was ready to be picked up, someone reportedly snatched everything.

Delgado was worried at first that she would not be able to replace the clothes, which belonged to her two teenage children, a 19-month-old grandson, two nieces and two nephews. After her setback was reported in The Union last week, however, she has received more clothes than were stolen from her.

“We had so many we actually had (to tell) the police to say “We’ve got plenty,” she said. “We would have gotten too much.”

The Grass Valley Police Department had been accepting donations for Delgado. For several days, the department got about 40 telephone calls each day from people wanting to donate clothes and money. Delgado said the police department had still to call about 40 people and tell them donations were no longer needed.

“The kids are overwhelmed; they are blown away,” she said. “They are very grateful for what people are doing.”

She said she will be sending thank-you cards soon to everyone who wrote their addresses on their packages and envelopes.

“I want to say thank-you to everybody,” she said. “People … just did this out of the kindness of their hearts.”

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