Hello, my name is Ed Lemoine and I have been a Police Officer for an Orange County, CA agency for the past 27 years. I started this Go Fund Me to help a very special girl.
I first met 10 year old Sofia and her Grandmother in December of 2016. It was 2:00am and Sofia had called 911. She awoke to her Grandmother having a diabetic episode and was unconscious. My partner and I responded and arrived five minutes prior to the Paramedics. Sofia handled the situation far better than many three times her age. If Sofia had not made the call to 911, her Grandmother would have died.
Sofia's Grandmother was transported to a local hospital while we waited on a neighbor to take care of Sofia for the rest of the night.
Following up at the hospital, I talked with the Grandmother and learned that she was awarded custody of Sofia (eight years ago) because her daughter (Sofia's mom) was battling a drug problem. I also learned that things were tight financially.
With Christmas fast approaching, my partner and I took it upon ourselves to make sure Sofia had a good Christmas. We managed to get everything on her list, even the elusive Hatchimal...
Since that time, I have maintained a relationship with Sofia and her Grandmother. Weekly texts, phone calls and visits when time allowed on duty.
I've learned that Sofia's Mom has since cleaned up her life; re-married and now has a two year old little girl. They live on a small farm in Indiana. Over the past year, the Grandmother has been reaching out to her daughter to rebuild their relationship. Sofia has recently been talking to and face timing her Mom to start the rebuilding process.
Rebuilding this relationship is very important to the Grandmother. Given the Grandmother's age and health issues, she wants a relationship there in case something (God forbid) happens to her.
Now for the reason for the Go Fund Me page... Sofia's Mom would like to come out for a visit, to continue the rebuilding process. The visit is scheduled for the second week of July.
Sofia's Mother does not have much money, so I'm looking to purchase their airfare. Round trip for two is anywhere from $1,400 to $1,600. A direct flight with limited stops would be best (especially traveling with a 2 year old!). Any money left over after the airfare will be spent on gift cards to local restaurants and a grocery store to help with the extra food costs from the visit.
Any contribution will be greatly appreciated and please share the link!
PS: Although this is personal campaign started by me and my partner, we have the support of the men and women of the Fullerton Police Department. If anyone wishes to verify the intent of this campaign, they can contact Lt. Andrew Goodrich at (714) [phone redacted].
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