California police chief buys homeless family a car

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (NBC News/KCRA) – The holiday season is a time of giving, and that’s exactly what a California police chief and his family did.

The family used their Christmas money to buy a car for a homeless family.

“I’ve done this career for a quite a while now, and it sounds cliché but I started it and I remain in the career field to have those moments where I can actually help somebody out,” said Marysville California police Chief Aaron Easton.

Several days ago, Easton told NBC affiliate KCRA that he spotted a post online from the family of Tim Conn, and saw an opportunity to help a family out.

“Family lives in the Yuba County River Bottoms. Been here for about two and a half, three years. Just can’t get a step ahead. Get a job. The economy is shot. And now car is shot,” Conn said

So, Easton sat his three children down and asked if they’re okay with using their Christmas money to buy the Conns a car.

“To their credit, i have some great kids and all of them said, absolutely, without hesitation, let’s help this family out,” Easton said.

“It brings tears to my eyes when i think about it even. My wife, when we first met, cried on his shoulder. And we’ll call him our guardian angel,” Conn said. “My kids are my life. Aaron helped me provide for my kids. That’s just it. My kids are everything.”

Granting Conn’s wish also helped Easton fulfill his daily goal of showing kindness, in honor of his compassionate wife, whom he lost just months ago. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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