FRANKLIN, Ohio – People across the country are making donations and offering their help to a 7-year-old boy spotted trying to sell his teddy bear for food.
Last week, the story went viral. A Franklin, Ohio police officer was dispatched to the downtown Franklin area after police got calls from concerned citizens who spotted the boy wandering the streets alone.
Officer Steve Dunham took the boy to a nearby Subway restaurant and bought him a meal before taking him back to the police station.
“It broke my heart,” Dunham told WLWT. “He told me he was trying to sell his stuffed animal to get money for food because he hadn’t eaten in several days.”
Officers went to the child’s home and discovered the boy and his four siblings were living in deplorable conditions, citing roaches, urine and liquor bottles littering their home.
The police department has been collecting monetary donations and donations of food and clothing to help the boy, WXIX reports.
Rocky Adams spotted the boy standing on the buys downtown street last week. He has been collecting donations for the boy.
He says people across the country have offered their help.
“Right now I have a folder with at least 40 names and numbers in them from Massachusetts to Alaska,” he said.