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Badge of Heart News/Story

Aug 14, 2019 - A role model and a great family guy.  Luis is a 15 yr old man who has been helping his sisters for years.  While his mom is dealing with her medical condition, Luis walks his sister to school and do things around the house to help his mom.  We rewarded Luis with a Back to School shopping spree. Photo: E.Gonzalez (School Administrator, Luis & Officer Lew)


Aug 8, 2019 - Homicide Detective Bucknell from Operation Valley Bureau spending time with a 15 yr old young man who's grandmother was stabbed and killed by her newly wedded husband.  We assisted by purchasing him a front court basketball, that he always wanted but family could not afford.


July 9, 2019 - Badge of Heart assisted Pacific Officers in helping a wonderful family, who unfortunately is living in a RV.  Officers provided use clothes and we provided grocery gift cards.  They won't be hungry for a while.  We're also working on housing for them. Great Teamwork. 


May 1, 2019 - Badge of Heart donated $1,000 to fallen CHP Officer Steve Licon's memorial fund.  The money came from our BBQ fundraiser, that was held on April 14th.  


April 30, 2019 - Mother and Son walked into Police Station needing help.  All three are homeless and living out of an abandoned truck.  With only bread and water and no bathing for days, we donated Gift cards and cash to help with food, clothes and Temporary Shelter.


April 26, 2019 - We are proud to announce our first "Books and Sirens" program.  5th graders from Braddock Drive Elementary School learned about Law Enforcement career, our equipments, public safety, Anti Bullying and respect for others.  The best part for this, Pizza lunch on us.    


April 23, 2019 - Wilshire Officer Grijalva and DART advocate Castaneda helping a mother and her 7 yr old daughter, who was a Victim of a crime.  Both were in need of food.  We helped Officer Grijalva in sponsoring this family with weeks worth of food.  


April 1, 2019 - A happy day!  There parked car was hit by a DUI driver at 33rd/Central Ave.  Thank goodness no one was inside.  However the car is a total lost.  Badge of Heart and the Community came together and provided financial assistance.  


Feb 19, 2019 - BOH is assisting LAPD's Central Traffic Division with Six Victims's of a Horrific Traffic Collision. On Feb 17th in the early morning hours a DUI driver drove down Central Ave and 33rd Street when they lost control and slammed into 6 parked cars.  The impact totaled all cars, leaving Victim's without transportation for work and school.   We are raising money to help these Victims with transportation and lost wages. A Gofundme has been set up.


Jan 17, 2019 - Please help this family.  Mother of three was killed in a Hit and Run accident in the City of Los Angeles.  She leaves behind a husband and three adult children.  Please donate at https://www.gofundme.com/motherkilledbyHR


Dec 24, 2018 - Badge of Heart made Christmas cheers for families in Inglewood, San Pedro and Wilmington.  Clothes, shoes, toys & baby essentials were given. The smiles on there faces was priceless.  Also the Los Angeles Police Protective League provided Toys to make it a bigger Holiday cheer.  Thank you!


​Dec 17,2018 - Badge of Heart helped Wilshire Police Officers and a DART advocate sponsor a family in need.  Due to financial struggles we were able to provide mom a two seat stroller, clothes and diapers for her two young children.  Mom was emotional and was very thankful in our giving. We pray that things will improve for her and her family.


​Nov 20, 2018 - Badge of Heart assisted LASD Deputy in sponsoring two families in South El Monte.  Both mothers have Stage 4 terminal Cancer.  A complete Thanksgiving dinner was given. Gift cards for clothes and food will also be provided for Christmas. If you would like to help this family, please make a donation on this site.  Thank you.


Nov 18, 2018 - Badge of Heart hosted its 4th Annual Turkey Basket giveaway.  500 families from the Communities of Venice, Mar Vista, Palms and South LA benefited from our program.  Many Thanks to our Sponsors of Wilshire Law Firm, HHLA, Drollinger Charitable Family Foundation, The Parking Spot, Kaiser, SoCalGas, LAWA, Eric Semel, Miki Payne and Smart & Final.


Nov 5, 2018 - A local elementary School contacted BOH for assistance.  A month ago  Mr. Lopez passed away of a Heart Attack.  The situation left the family without a provider.  Mrs. Lopez now works at a restaurant where she makes less than her rent and not enough for bills. To ease some of her pain,  Badge of Heart donated $1,000 in cash to help pay for utilities, gas, car insurance and clothing for her 4 daughters.  Also $250.00 in gift cards for food and clothes was given.  


Sept 30, 2018 - Badge of Heart hosted its 1st Annual BOH 911 Ride.  The event started from HBHarley in Westminster and ended at the Gaslamp Restaurant in Long Beach.  The event drew 300 riders.  Riders came out from as far as Arizona, Las Vegas and San Diego.  Money raised will go to the family of fallen Long Beach Fire Captain Dave Rosa. The event was sponsored by Wilshire Law Firm, Gunfighters MC & the Long Beach Fire Department.  


Aug 17, 2018 - LAPD Officer Espinosa came across a wonderful family who was a victim of a assault. They were also living in a Homeless shelter in DTLA.  This family was down on their luck and was respectful to Law Enforcement.  BOH donated $400 to this family for back to School supplies and clothes.  Officer Espinosa also donated $300 to buy Toys and other fun stuff.  Great Job!


​​July 27, 2018 - BOH was approached by Officers who was investigating an Sexual Assault case.  The suspect (Husband) was arrested.  However, the situation left her family in financial desperation.  BOH contributed an undisclosed amount of money to help this family move forward.


July 25, 2018 - BOH donated $400 worth of Khols, JC Penney & Target gift cards to a family from Venice, Ca.  The cards will be used to provide clothes for this upcoming school season.  


​June 1, 2018 - Badge of Heart sponsored the entire 5th grade class of Shenandoah's Street Elementary School. Food, drinks & prizes were given out for their special day.


April 26, 2018 - Badge of Heart and Wilshire Law Firm donated $7,000 to help 60 Seniors from David Starr Jordan HS attend their Senior Prom at the Biltmore Hotel in DTLA.


​Nov 18/19, 2017 - Badge of Heart hosted its 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Pacific Division.  450 Families received a complete thanksgiving dinner.


In addition to Pacific, BOH hosted its 1st Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Harbor Division.  150 Families from San Pedro and Wilmington benefited with a complete dinner. 


The event was a huge success and we would like to Thank our sponsors at HHLA, Drollinger Charitable Family Foundation, Wilshire Law Firm, The Parking Spot, Equity Office, L.A World Airports, Kaiser Permanente, & Smart & Final. 


Sept 21, 2017 - Two Los Angeles Police Officers assigned to Harbor Division contacted Badge of Heart to help a family in need.  A mother of three were victims of a vicious crime in which two of her children were severely burned from an Arsonist.  A Gofundme account has been set up, to help with food, clothes, living expenses and medical bills.  To help, please go to www.gofundme.com/wilmingtonfire 


April 26, 2017 - Responded to Investigate an ID Theft of an 80 yr old lady.  Over a 3 yr period, $25k was unlawfully taken from her bank account leaving her with only $9 in her pocket and No Food.  To brighter her day, we went out and bought her a weeks worth of Groceries from Vons. A Gift Card was also given to help her move forward.  Without any local family members, we will continue to monitor her progress.  To help, please  donate  on her behalf.


​​March 26, 2017 - Mission Accomplished!!  Officer Perez and Detective Winstanley from LAPD Pacific Division reached out to us to help a family in need. Mother of two fled from her abusive boyfriend leaving them living in an RV with minimal living items. We helped by providing food, department store gift cards, stuffed animals and a dinner card for her 11 y/o Autistic daughter who turned 12 today. Emotions got the better of us. We are truly blessed to be able to help.


November 19, 2016 -​ Badge of Heart hosted its 2nd Annual Turkey Giveaway.  Up to 500 deserving families from Venice, Mar Vista, Westchester & Culver City will be invited to receive a free compete dinner. Dinner includes a Turkey, Stuffing, Rice, Beans, Mac n Cheese, Corn and Vegetables.  The event was a huge success and all items were given out in less than 2 hours. This event is made possible from donations and sponsorship provided by our local residence and Business owners.  


​​​October 15, 2016 - A note from a Mom.  

I just wanted to take some time out to thank and express so much gratitude to an amazing organization Badge of Heart and to LAPD Officer JessiBeth Gutz-Gonz for helping Ian get an ipad... If you don't know Ian is severely autistic and non verbal and uses his ipad on the daily to soothe himself and also to learn.  He just learned the abc's and happy birthday. Well recently Ians ipad took a fall and broke and of course i was worried about fixing it and just the cost and that's when they stepped in to offer Ian a new one. I am so grateful and just humbled that they would help Ian out and just wanted to share how much kindness people who don't know Ian would go out of their way to help him. This will always hold just a huge place in my heart


June 30, 2016 - While on patrol, Badge of Heart is assisting a 18 y/o who was on the verge of losing his 41 y/o mother due to terminal Cancer.  Due to financial struggles, they were evicted from their apartment and both he and his sister are now living with separate friends. His mother remained at the Hospital. If you would like to help this family visit:  www.gofundme.com/aycarmona 


October 12, 2016  Update: Maricela passed away and now resting in peace.


June 11, 2016 - Badge of Heart held it's 1st Annual School Supply giveaway.  400 5th graders from 7 local Elementary Schools participated.  The event was a huge success and many kids and their families also collaborated with local Police Officers.  The smiles on their faces was priceless.  Badge of Heart would like to Thank our Sponsor,  "Drollinger Properties". 

Partnering with our local Businesses will continue to make us grow and help many deserving families

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