(CBS) — A shocking discovery: three little sisters left abandoned in Englewood.
But it’s what a few Chicago police officers did next — that’s just as incredible.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song shows us how a simple act of kindness and a few dollars have grown to life-long friendships and more than a hundred thousand dollars.
One look at the mirror brings tears to Delores Anderson.
“I thought I had no one,” she says.
It was the first time she’s had her hair done at a salon.
A few Chicago police officers reached into their pockets, and they’ve given her more than a new look.
Chicago Police Officer Renee Beamon says she’s appreciative that Delores has opened up her home to her three small grandchildren.
Four weeks ago, police found the three sisters left alone on the second floor of an abandoned Englewood apartment building.
“They neighbors had called, because they heard the girls crying,” says Delores, who didn’t know about the situation.
They lived in squalid conditions by themselves during the day.
“I can’t conceive of someone not properly providing for their babies,” Officer Beamon says.
Through state child-welfare officials, police reached out to grandma Delores, who says she was shocked at the condition of the children.
To care for the children, Delores had no choice but to quit her two jobs.
Officers in Englewood stepped in again. They donated diapers, clothing and toys. They’ve been by her side.
“When I first met her, she told me she had no friends. I told her you have a friend now,” Beamon says.
The generosity goes further. They started a Go Fund Me page and raised more than $100,000 for the girls.
“I didn’t know there were so many good people in the world,” Delores says.
She says they’re her angels.
The girls’ father was arrested and charged with a felony.
Delores Anderson has temporary custody of the girls. State officials say the case is pending.