Seventy-three-year-old Helene Sackowitz was devastated two weeks ago when she was robbed at gunpoint. Sackowitz, who works part time at Disney World, was robbed immediately after she withdrew $140 from the bank. Just like that, her entire allowance for the week was gone.
Sackowitz isn't being hung out to dry, though, thanks in large part to the local police. Soon after her story was reported on, donations started pouring in from people both in the Orlando community and elsewhere.
The Orlando Police Department gave Sackowitz a handful of gifts and a gift card. A complete stranger bought her a brand new electric scooter. A Go Fund Me page dedicated to her by a kind stranger raised over $2,500 in 11 days.
"When you find out somebody can't buy their medical needs or groceries you got to do something," Go Fund Me donor Karen White told WKMG.
Orlando police officer Edgar Malave echoed those sentiments.
“We read her report and felt real bad about it, so the chief and the chief’s staff, along with other officers, we put some money together to give her a card and put a basket together,” he said.
Sackowitz is traumatized by the robbery, saying she still sees “the gun in my face and I wake up screaming and I’m alone.”
Despite those troubles, she couldn’t be more thankful for the kindness she’s been shown.
"[I’m] very grateful that there's somebody out there that really wanted to help me,” she says.
Police say the thief is still at large.