It is amazing what people do when they find out there is a need and find out that they can help.
New mom and rookie police officer Lesley Zerebny was fatally shot in the line of duty on October 8, after cutting her maternity leave short because the force was low on manpower. Her baby daughter, Cora, is just four months old, and now left without a mother.
Making matter worse: Lesley had been breastfeeding Cora. But it wasn't long before local women began donating their breastmilk to Lesley's husband Zack. As KTVU's Claudine Wong explained in a heartfelt post on Facebook, the effort started on social media when a family member asked for prayers.
"It is amazing what people do when they find out there is a need and find out that they can help," Wong wrote. "A friend...told me about a remarkable effort that has taken place over the last couple of days for Palm Springs Officer Lesley Zerebny's baby, 4 month old Cora. It didn't take long but tonight more than 500 ounces of breast milk from moms the Monterey area were delivered to that family member to take back to Cora. But this is not about breast milk or formula, it's about the human heart and about the desire and the capacity of people to give."
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The way these moms have banded together to support another family is truly amazing! And while Zack is no longer accepting breastmilk donations, a GoFundMe page has been set up by supporters, so people can help him take care of baby Cora in other ways.
"What a wonderful, selfless act of love from the community," a recent update reads. "Thank you again for loving this precious girl."