The Phoenix police stepped in when the outdoor lights and Christmas decorations were stolen from the home of Linzy Smith, a 5-year-old girl with a potentially life-threatening illness.
Linzy suffers from a rare form of dwarfism. She will be spending her holiday season in the hospital so that she can undergo a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant. Her mother, Jessica Smith, wanted Linzy to have the full holiday experience and decorated the family’s home a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving.
The house was adorned with lights, lighted reindeer, trees and a Santa with a sleigh. On Nov. 21, the decorations were stolen. Officers Jake Lewis and David Head of the Maryvale Precinct heard about the theft and did what they could to restore the little girl’s Christmas.
Lewis contacts Angels on Patrol, an organization that works with police to assist families in crisis in Phoenix and Tempe, Ariz. Together, the police and Angels on Patrol were able to help the Smith family redecorate the house. Officer Lewis even helped the family with groceries out of his own pocket. He is a father too and has another child on the way.
Smith told reporters that if Linzy survives her bone marrow transplant, she will be scheduled for a kidney transplant next. She counts every day as a blessing.
Donations for Linzy can be sent to Wells Fargo #1064675190.