Marysville police chief buys car for homeless family

Dec 9, 2015 3:02 PM by News Staff

A homeless family living in Marysville is celebrating an unexpected Christmas gift, and it comes from Marysville Police Chief Aaron Easton and his three kids.

"I've done this career for quite a while now," Marysville Police Chief Aaron Easton says. "It sounds cliche, but I started it and remain in the career to have moments where I can actually help somebody out."

Days ago Easton found a way to do just that after he spotted a post online from Tim Conn's family.

"My family lives in the Yuba County River bottoms," said Conn, who explained that his family became homeless after he was laid off years ago.

"Just can't get a step ahead, or get a job," he said. "The economy is hot. And now the car is shot."

A good Samaritan offered to sell Conn a used car for a great price, but he couldn't afford it.

Easton read about the family's predicament on Facebook.

"When I saw this opportunity, I wanted to help this family out," he said.

Easton sat his three children down individually and asked if they were willing to forgo their Christmas money to help buy the Conn Family a used car.

“To their credit . . . I have some great kids and all of them said, ‘Absolutely. Let’s help this family out,’” Easton said.

The Conns were in disbelief.

Easton even invited Conn’s two girls to walk in last week’s Christmas parade.

“They were ecstatic about it,” Conn said, his voice cracking. “They’ve always wanted to be in a parade. They got their wish.”

Little did the Conn Family know, they helped Easton too. After losing his compassionate wife months ago, Easton strives to show others kindness as she did.

“I think it was a good lesson for my children," Easton said. "I was glad they could be a part of it. They could feel a sense of pride that they helped other people out.”

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