A member of the Carlsbad Police Department has worked to collect coats for more than 200 children in need. Cpl. Darbie Ernst said the coats will be given to children of drug-using parents.
A department spokesperson said all of the jackets are 100% new with tags. They are also of high quality. Cpl. Ernst is reported to have collected the jackets over the past several weeks. They were turned over to the Oceanside offices of the Drug Endangered Children program last weekend. The program’s focus is to care for children who are removed from drug-addicted parents and caregivers.
Ernst said many of those parents often wind up in the back of her squad car. The Cpl. said it wasn’t until she encountered a small child sleeping in a hotel room with her mother and another unknown individual that she decided to help. The parent was high on heroin at the time and traces of the drug were found on the child’s pillow.
The Drug Endangered Children program put out a call for help in late November, requesting jacket donations. Ernst collected about 220 within the next three weeks. Those wishing to make donations to the cause can drop off the new, unused coats at the Carlsbad Police Department headquarters.