Collecting money and love in memory of a four-year old boy

On the Friday afternoon after last month’s shooting death of Roberto Lopez , Central City Action Committee, a nearby social service agency in Angeleno Heights, decided to raise funds for the boy’s funeral. Staff member David Bermudez made a collection box and signs soliciting donations and then sat under an umbrella in front of the former fire station that serves as Central City’s office. The children at the center got involved too, standing at the nearby intersection of Edgeware Road and Bellevue Avenue with jars in hopes passing motorists would drop in some spare change. Then, as staff member Gloria Sohaki writes in the recent issue of the Epian Ways neighborhood newsletter, everybody wanted to help:

“Well, after the first few cars stopped and [the drivers and passengers] reached into their purses or wallets, every car was stopping. People at the bus stop walked over to the kids and made donations. I saw a woman with a small child stop and sit down in front of the fire station. She began searching her bag for money and pulled out coins so her child could make a donation. I wish you could have seen how the kids put their heart and soul into collecting money. When I left all the jars were full of money.”

The Central City kids, after a second collection effort, and staff then took the donations over to Roberto’s family. How much? $1,400.

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