Nothing is more disheartening than when bad things happen to good people. But, as fate would have it, there are often enough good people around to help right the wrongs.
Charlotte-based National Guardsman medic Luis Ocampo was deployed to New Bern, North Carolina, on a storm-relief mission when Hurricane Florence devastated his home state earlier this month, WSOC-TV reported.
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While he was gone, the home he shares with his girlfriend, Kailey Finch, and newborn was ransacked, the thieves making out with a firearm, gaming system, laptop and television, along with invaluable coins and jewelry. Finch and the baby were staying with a friend at the time, according to WSOC.
“It’s irreplaceable,” Finch said. “It’s not something you can get back.”
Suspects have not yet been identified, but the family believe they may have snuck in through a back window.
Finch told WSOC that those responsible should “feel really bad” for victimizing a struggling family, adding that she doesn’t understand how people could be so terrible.
In addition, Finch said her heart breaks for Ocampo, because he “does a lot for everybody.”
“He always wants to make sure that everybody gets help,” she said.
But thanks to some compassionate friends, the family will soon get a chance to rebuild. A colleague of Ocampo’s, Mary Elise Capron, created a GoFundMe account to help him replace some of his belongings, writing that Ocampo “did all he could to help those in a time of need and now he is the one in a time of need.”
The account has raised nearly $15,000 as of Tuesday morning, tripling the original goal of $5,000.
“Thank you for your continued prayers and may God bless you all,” Capron wrote.