Salem police dig deep to help family victimized by thieves

SALEM, Ore. -- When thieves struck their home last week, the Gomez family was devastated. All their Christmas gifts were stolen from right under their tree, even the handmade gift their 5-year-old had made for his grandmother.

With no money left to replace those gifts, they were facing the prospect of a bleak Christmas for their two young children.

Then six Salem police officers working the graveyard shift this weekend heard their story and stepped up in a big way. Those officers passed around a hat, with everyone digging deep into their own pockets, and Sunday night they delivered a new batch of gifts for the Gomez clan.

"I feel blessed," said Diana Gomez, a mother of two. "Thank you, thank you for everything."

Even as KATU was interviewing Gomez on Monday, more holiday help was showing up. A neighbor brought over some cash for the family and their landlord came over with a new locking knob for the back door.

Diana and her husband Jose were actually hit twice by thieves. The day after their home was burglarized thieves broke into their workplace, El Torito Market, and stole money out of the register.